A lot of people believe becoming a leader means getting to tell other people what to do.
They see their role as being the person who has an answer to every question.
The sad reality is that they want more people asking them how to do things just so that they can prove how much they know. They want that assurance of always being the on who is right and that everyone else is reliant upon their knowledge and wisdom.
These leaders are also known to avoid delegation of tasks because they are too scared to fail. They feel that they need to take charge and deliver the work personally to make sure it is done to the right standard.
True, authentic leaders see this as a waste of time. They would rather spend their time building teams they trust to handle things on their own. They do not want to have the answer to every questions and they recognise if questions are pouring in left, right and centre, they have failed to build a strong enough team.
Being a successful leader is not about being the one everyone always turns to for everything.
It means having the awareness to build teams and surround yourself with other capable people so that you can focus on the important matters.
The more control you give up, the better.
Written by Sahar Habib
Founder of Coach Wilson