Tag Archives: Example

If everyone is delegating, nothing is getting done.

Delegation: Some people think that delegation is good management. Delegate – to give or commit (duties, powers, etc) to another as agent or representative: I have seen people delegate their work to others in small doses and it is better than micromanagement. Delegating your work in large doses creates a large buffer and can cause resentment. Too much delegation can cause an environment of distrust and resentment. Too much delegation can make you wonder; if everyone is just passing their work off to others, what exactly is getting done? If you are constantly delegating your work to others, why are you needed? I say that if everyone is delegating, nothing is getting done.

Everyone thinks that managers are by default leaders. I do not agree. A Manager that can motivate others to be the best they can be by transferring a vision that everyone can agree on is a Leader. So to either extreme are the Micro-Manager and the Macro-Delegator. The Micro-Manager feels the need to do everything and the Macro-Delegator feels the need to have everyone else do everything. The Micro-Manager makes you feel like you are not capable of doing anything right. The Macro-Delegator makes you feel like they are not capable of doing anything right. A Manager that is a Leader can motivate by creating an environment where everyone can excel and feel good about their accomplishments.

So imagine for a minute if everyone is just delegating who is doing the work? Sooner or later, someone has got to do the work. I get it, there needs to be someone who can divide the work equally so that everyone can learn and grow and excel at the things they are good at doing. Managers need to understand that being in authority is not enough to bring out the best in the people who work with and for you. Leadership is not Micro-Managing and Leadership is not Macro-Delegating. Leadership is setting an example that others feel compelled to follow.

There is a lot of energy that goes into people delegating and pushing people beyond their limits. There is a lot of energy that goes into the backlash, the push back when people over-step their boundaries. There is a lot of energy in the pushing back and forward. There is a lot of wasted energy in everyone trying to delegate as the “New” Leadership or Management Style. Too much delegation leads to a lot of wasted energy. There is a balance that needs to be maintained between doing the work and showing others how to do the work. There is a balance between being a Manager who is a Leader or a Manager that seems to fall to one side or the other; Micro-Manager or Macro-Delegator. Why do people follow the Bad Leadership of either of these Managers? The fear or losing their jobs is usually more than enough reason.

If I have said it once, I will say it again; being a Manager does not by default make you a Leader. I have learned a lot from bad management because I take the time to ask the question; what is wrong with this situation? I question Management and Leadership styles based on what I have read and the Leadership I am compelled to follow. I again understand the need to delegate and I understand the need to show people you are capable; I am just very strongly compelled to also state that a Leader finds the balance between setting an example and teaching others to excel at what they do. A Good Leader motivates more than they delegate. If everyone is delegating, nothing is getting done!

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The Five E-s of Leadership:

The Five E-s of Leadership:

Think about the word Leadership.  Now what if I were to put Five Es in a row: Leeeeeadership.  Sounds crazy doesn’t it?  But what if I told you the Five Es are Exemplify, Enlighten, Encourage, Empower and Elevate?  Would that make more sense?  Would you buy into the Five Es of Leeeeeadership?  I will attempt to explain the Five E-s of Leadership.

Exemplify, Enlighten, Encourage, Empower, Elevate: The Five E-s of Leadership

Exemplify, Leaders should lead by example.  Are you willing to do what you ask others to do?  People can tell, sooner or later if you are real or fake with your leadership.  Now some people may still follow you, but can you live with yourself if you are leading based on lies?  If you can, than you are really missing the point of what 60 Seconds of Motivational Mojo is all about.  Leaders should tell the truth, and should lead by example.  If you want someone to help you with something, will you help them?  If you want someone to aspire to be great at something, are you aspiring to be great in similar or complimentary areas? Leeeeeadership has Five Es, Leading by Example is Step One!

Exemplify, Enlighten, Encourage, Empower, Elevate: The Five E-s of Leadership

Step Two of Leeeeeadership is Enlighten.  Leaders should be Teachers, Mentors and of course Students.  Leeeeeaders should be constantly striving to create an environment of Learning.  Everyone has more to learn, everyone should try to accept coaching and coach others. If you are Leading by Example, you will clearly be able to see how important is to Enlighten, to teach anyone who chooses to travel with you.

Exemplify, Enlighten, Encourage, Empower, Elevate: The Five E-s of Leadership

Leaders should encourage those around them.  It is easy to have a great attitude when things are going good, and it is easy to slip into a bad attitude when things are going bad.  Leaders must have a good attitude no matter what kind of times they are facing.  This is not about smoke and mirrors.  No, this is about finding the good in any situation.  If you are Leading by Example, and you are Enlightening your followers based on teaching the truth; Step Three is to Encourage.  All of us have or will go through tough times.  Leaders make sure they can get you out of tough times, better and stronger than when you went into them.  Leeeeeaders encourage those around them!

Exemplify, Enlighten, Encourage, Empower, Elevate: The Five E-s of Leadership

Step Four, Empower!  Leeeeeaders understand they can not be all things at all times to all people.  Leaders are people and people need to take breaks.  People need to be able to take time off and unwind.  The world keeps turning.  Will your team keep moving without you?  If you are afraid to empower others, the minute you take a break things will grind to a halt.  Empower others to make decisions.  Let others make decisions while you coach and guide them.  Let others take the reins so you can leave the team in good hands.  Leaders understand they strengthen the team when they empower others.  Tyrants do no understand this.  Don’t be a tyrant, be a Leeeeeader!

Exemplify, Enlighten, Encourage, Empower, Elevate: The Five E-s of Leadership

Elevate; Leeeeeadership Step Five.  If you want you team to grow, you will not be able to be everywhere at once.  You are going to have to Elevate others into leadership positions also.  One day you will be gone, but can you leave a legacy?  Elevate others around you into positions as long as they earn it.  This should be easy if you have set a good example, if you enlighten and teach those around you and continue to learn yourself, if you are encourage others to step up and empower them to make good choices.  Elevating the people who earn it should be the easiest step to understand.  You have to make people earn it though.  You just can’t give it away to your friends.   This will diminish the results that others have accomplished.  Make sure you are fair and balanced when you elevate others.  Again, if you are doing the first four steps, this should be easy; remember, you can not short-circuit this process.  This is step five of Leeeeeadership; Elevate.

You can lead a great team, and you can be a great leader!  Leeeeeadership has five steps: Exemplify, Enlighten, Encourage, Empower, and Elevate.  Follow them closely and you will see results.  This may take time, use that time wisely.  Always set a good example, always seek a learning environment, always encourage others, and empower those who are participating and elevate those who are showing results.