Leadership Lesson #15: Pulling Weeds

The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to do something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey. 

Sometimes as leaders, we find ourselves stuck in the details. We know what’s required of certain projects and often it’s easier to just put our heads down and do the work. But the time, energy and resources required deduct from the time needed to see the bigger picture and work on that. 

Leaders must be wise in choosing a team that’s capable of doing the detailed work that frees up the leader to “look out on the balcony” as I once heard Elise Mitchell said.  A balcony view provides greater insight on the surrounding environment and other factors that must be taken into account to make well-informed decisions. 

Often times, I find it hard to refrain from getting too involved in the weeds. Being able to balance the weeds with the forest while providing support as needed is a valuable leadership skill. If you spend all your time pulling weeds, you’ll never devise a strategy to get away from the weeds. 

Consider how much time you spend pulling weeds or working in the details. How can you get to the balcony? Are there times you can justify being in the weeds? 

 ~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at info@moveu4ward.com. 

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