“It’s just easier if I do it myself.”
These are dangerous words for leaders in any organization. I work with dozens of owners and businesses every year. When businesses are struggling in certain areas it can almost always be diagnosed down to a people problem, or a process problem (or both).
When owners say “It’s just easier if I do it myself,” they are usually trying to avoid the conflict of holding someone accountable. Or, they have a process that is perfectly lined out in their heads, and no one else can meet their expectations, because no one knows or understands the expectations.
Truth is, if it’s easier to do it yourself, you will have a very small business.
The key to going the distance in your business is learning to lead by:
- Building business systems and processes that are not owner dependent
- Hiring great people and training them to do their well defined jobs
- Get the heck out of the way and let them do their jobs
The most powerful words a business leader can say are, “What do you think we should do?”
Listen to yourself this week, what are you saying more? “It’s just easier…” or, “What do you think?”