Future leaders: Point time, energy, and attention toward developing, equipping, and supporting the team because the team is the only entity that can actually multiply effort over time.
Most leaders: Point time, energy, and attention to trying to complete an ever-longer to-do list thinking they can multiply effort over time by simply working harder.
Future leaders: Delegate to empowered team members who know how to produce. Check in. Provide actionable feedback.
Most leaders: Hoard work because they believe they can get it done faster. Miss checking in. Provide non-actionable feedback.
Future leaders: Focus their team’s effort on the vital few initiatives.
Most leaders: Diffuse their team’s effort by saying “yes” to most requests.
The big question is: Which way are we oriented? Toward ourselves, or toward our team?