The Leadership Lie You Need To Stop Believing

Leaders often make the mistake of assuming other people dislike the same work they do. Because of this, they are hesitant to ask for help or to delegate in the areas of their weakness, assuming other people dislike it as much as they do.

But it just isn’t true.

Here is the simple fact: The thing you hate doing is the exact same thing someone else loves.

One of two things happens when leaders fail to recognize this: 1) The leader continues doing things they despise and therefore the thing is done poorly or 2) They never do the thing at all.

Either way, everyone on the team suffers (as well as the organization.)

Don’t assume everyone else hates the same things you hate. Ask, delegate, look around. Start with the assumption that someone else is sitting around unfulfilled, waiting to do the same thing you’re avoiding.

When you get people doing the things they love, you will be happier, others will be more fulfilled and the whole team will benefit!

Are you doing (not doing) something right now that someone else might love? Who on your team might love doing it?

  • Great thoughts. Although, I’m sure there are things no one wants to do. Capable vs Willing. The real challenge is to get the capable to be willing.

    • dpchristian

      Yes, Brandon. Everybody always will have things they prefer not to do, but ideally, everyone would be getting as close to their sweet-spot as much as possible. And I wholeheartedly agree with you with the capable/willing.