For many, there seems to be an inverse relationship between leadership and busyness. The busier the leader is, the more he folds into his own world of technical production. “Get the work out the door. Meet the deadline.” The leader goes missing. The office door is closed. Then, at the nadir of a busy period, the leader is out working with the team, socializing, getting those one-on-ones back on the calendar. The door reopens. I suggest another way. What if, at the zenith of busyness, we leaders intentionally move outward toward our teams. We fight the urge to go it alone. We delegate some of the load, we clearly set deliverables, we meet with our teams. We put the power of the team to work. We win as a team.
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