Leaders: Don’t Let The Insignificant Drag You Down

When Details Destroy

I once worked with a CEO that was obsessed with the most mundane details at his company. He led a team of more than 4,000, and yet he actually supervised the writing of the payroll checks. He studied the company’s social media posts – not for their effectiveness – but he personally wanted to deal with any critics of the company. He wanted to be in low level meetings that in my opinion were a total waste of his time.

In his mind, he was focusing on important details. But in reality, because he was poor at delegating, he spent his days dealing with minutiae rather than pursuing a bigger vision.

Your job as a leader is to see the big picture, visualize the goal, and create a plan for getting there.  If you spend your days doing what others on your team could be doing, the truth is, the company doesn’t really need you.

Step up. Raise your sights. Delegate the day to day, so you can focus on the horizon.  Today, organizations are looking for leaders with vision, not babysitters.

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  • “Your job as a leader is to see the big picture, visualize the goal, and create a plan for getting there. If you spend your days doing what others on your team could be doing, the truth is, the company doesn’t really need you.”

    Absolutely correct! If only more leaders would embrace this ideology, imagine where the world would be?

  • Nathan Jones

    A Jimmy Carter style of leadership. Ronald Reagan’s biographer wrote how in the traditional inauguration day meeting with the outgoing president, a frazzled and completely worn-out Carter was upset with Reagan because he seemed so disinterested in all of Carter’s lists and charts, even scheduling who used the tennis court! Reagan’s biographer explained that Reagan didn’t concern himself with minutia, for he hired the best to handle that. No, Reagan believed the leader’s purpose was all about setting the vision and encouraging the nation to get behind it.