It's fashionable to say it's up to you. After all, you ARE in charge of your own fate, right? And all it takes is a positive attitude, true?
Well, maybe more than that. Yes, a positive attitude is far preferable and much more enabling than a negative attitude. But it is not enough. You need to do the work...AND, more importantly, your team needs to do the work.
Leaders who contribute to their team's success are doing them a great service. Yay. Leaders who try to do it all do both themselves and their teams a disservice. It takes both. In communication, in project work, in achieving your goals.
Share responsibility for success. Step up when you're needed, and step back when you want to encourage someone else to take charge. Allow people to own their own responsibility. Enable people to act, and then get out of their way.
Successful supervisors share responsibility for success.
What can you take charge of today? What can you let go of?
-- Doug Smith
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