Successful leaders find ways to develop the talent on their team so that the tasks of leadership (mainly, management tasks to handle the day-to-day operation) can be shared with other team members. Until you can delegate you are stuck doing the same old tasks. Sharing the work frees up the team leader while also developing the team members. It's the right approach.
Still, your team does need you. Even developing your team to the point where nearly every major task is handled by the team (even scheduling, delegating, assessing, interviewing...) the team leader provides a sense of direction not obtainable any other way. The team leader sets the tempo AND the temperature of the team. The team leader sparks the pulse, ignites the flame, defines the lines.
Just because your team can function without you doesn't mean that your team can function without you.
Stay in the game. Stay in the team. You are in charge.
-- doug smith
Leadership Call to Action:
- Success team leaders do these two things simultaneously: develop team members AND provide direction. Today, do something that will develop the skills of at least one team member (for example, you might delegate a task that is a bit of a stretch for them) AND at your next team meeting make it a point to speak with every member of your team and using that contact time to reinforce your vision for the team's success for the months ahead.