Step away. Let the players play.
The meeting after the meeting:
The meeting went long because we were finalizing things. It’s understandable, but I’m committed to short rather than long.
After the meeting, I quickly walked out and engaged another leader for a moment. Everyone else remained in the room. Stepping back in, several huddles had formed.
My first inclination, join in.
My second inclination, turn and walk out.
The first inclination is a player’s inclination. Give me the ball. Let me play, too. My second inclination, walking out, demonstrates a coach or leadership inclination. I often feel tension between the two.
They’re devoted to our organization. We share values. They know where we’re going. They’re better without me.
- Exemplify passion.
- Create and maintain inspirational environments.
- Clarify focus.
- Develop others.
- Give authority.
- Galvanize energy.
- Elevate standards.
- Challenge processes.
- Honor effort.
- Keep out of the way!
In the end, the ball’s in their court, not mine.
When do you step in vs. step out?
What leadership roles carry the most weight?