Mary Jo Asmus recently wrote a great piece called A leader fills the spaces, in which she asserts that strong leaders take action whenever they see:
- A leadership void — no one stepping up to take responsibility
- Damaged or broken relationships
- Lapses in ethics or integrity
- Team members who are suffering
It’s great advice — and a great reminder that I, as a leader, don’t have the option of sitting back when something is missing within my team.
For me, however, a big temptation is simply to say “Step aside — I’ll do it.” A task has to be done quickly, and with my years of experience it’s easier just to do the task than to try and explain to others how to do it.