Leadership begins with you, but ends with team work. Being a leader isn’t about doing everything yourself.
As a leader, having the feeling that nothing will get done right unless you do it yourself is not uncommon. What you have to realize, however, is that you can’t do everything yourself and you’re going to have to depend on others. Trusting others with tasks that you are responsible for can be difficult, so here’s my advice on what to do.
1. Surround yourself with people who seem to have it together. As you must rely on this team – do what you can to pick capable people that you can trust. Even if you love someone as your friend, thinking about who is best for the job is most important. Unfortunately, if this is an executive board of a club, you may not have a choice. Regardless, move on to suggestion number two.
2. Assign sizable jobs that one person (or a small group) can definitely handle, and give them MORE THAN adequate time to complete the job. This way if they procrastinate (which they probably will) you can still get it done by the deadline.
3. Once you give someone a job – remind them about it often. They may call you annoying, but if the job gets done then you properly followed through. Plus, we’re all human and we forget things from time to time –which brings me to suggestion number four.
4. We’re all humans and we all make mistakes. This, for me, is the hardest part. Giving second chances. People make mistakes, and although it is frustrating, giving them a second chance to be responsible and prove you wrong can be rewarding. On the other hand, if they’ve gone past the second chance – they may not be future leadership material at all, and should not be considered when suggestion number 1 comes around again.
With these suggestions, it is much easier to handle all of the trials and tribulations of being a leader with grace.
~CHC Student Leader