Leaders: It’s Time to Assess Whether You’re Still the Best Fit for Your Role

Years in the past in a personal coaching session with John C. Maxwell, he shared a narrative that eternally modified the best way I take into consideration managing a staff. The story, a couple of high-level govt, touched on the significance of coaching each worker to develop personally and professionally. The chief agreed, however he was hesitant. He feared that after investing within the development of his staff, they would depart to pursue higher alternatives. Maxwell checked out him, smiled, and defined that every one leaders should reply one in every of two questions:

  • What if I practice my staff they usually go away?
  • What if I don’t practice them they usually keep?

Maxwell was highlighting the significance of wanting on the world by way of a lens of abundance versus shortage. The identical applies after we consider our personal position inside a company. Typically, meaning dealing with the troublesome fact that you could be not be the perfect match on your position.

Companies and organizations are at all times evolving. As they develop and alter, so does their want for various strengths at numerous elements of their development trajectory.

Sturdy leaders and useful staff notice that this type of change is likely one of the constants in enterprise. They notice that though the present wants of the enterprise could also be completely different, it doesn’t imply their talent units and strengths are not related. As an alternative, it doubtless means they’ve a chance to alter with the enterprise and reposition themselves in a brand new position.

How can we reframe our pondering so we will see this realization in a optimistic and energizing manner? It begins with discovering readability within the following areas:

  1. Your strengths
  2. Your weaknesses
  3. The present wants of the enterprise

Of their e book, Now Uncover Your Strengths, Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton wrote, “You’ll excel solely by maximizing your strengths, by no means by fixing your weaknesses.” Your strengths, mixed with the strengths of your staff, create momentum that fuels innovation and accomplishment.

Having a transparent understanding permits us to objectively assess our present state of affairs and consider how a lot of our day-to-day time is spent in every space.

After taking stock, current your findings to your supervisor together with a suggestion of who could also be a greater match, in the event that they’re already a part of your group. Not solely do you show your willingness for trustworthy self-reflection, however you additionally perceive that rising out and in of roles is an inevitable a part of enterprise—one to be celebrated.

An abundant-minded chief is at all times constructing their bench of expertise and searching each internally and externally for the burgeoning leaders who’ve the talent units, strengths and drive that put them on a path to finally changing the present chief. In doing so, they show simply how useful to the group they are surely. 

This text initially appeared within the Might/June 2022 Situation of SUCCESS journal. Picture by @yee_yanne/Twenty20

Ben Fairfield is the Managing Director of SUCCESS Teaching & a SUCCESS Licensed Coach.

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