Many of us started businesses that required us to do the work that generated the bulk of the revenues of our companies. At some point, we then became the bottleneck in our businesses, as we only had so much capacity. At this point we added team, and often we began working longer hours, because we could still “do it better” than the team we hired. So they went home at 4:30, while we worked until whenever the work was done. Sound familiar? Well, it doesn’t have to be that way, and there are some simple steps to going from “Lead Doer” to “Leader of Doers”.
The first step is both the hardest and the easiest – simply make the decision. In the end, everything we do comes down to making a decision – we either make it ourselves or we let the world decide for us. When you decide the time is NOW, the rest of the steps become much easier.
Step two is to come up with a list of activities that you will STOP doing (delegate or eliminate) and a list of activities that you will START doing. Step three is to allocate Leadership time on your daily and weekly calendar. Make it a priority or it won’t happen. Plan your Leadership activities – be specific, make sure each has a purpose or objective to accomplish.
Step four is to find an Accountability Partner, either a peer you respect enough to be open and honest with or a Business Coach who can guide you through the ups and downs of this shift while continuing to improve your business results. An accountability coach or partner is absolutely critical to helping you make this shift and turning your business into one the supports your life instead of consuming it.
Author: Mark McNulty, Louisville Business Coach