I work with a lot of executives who think they are superheros. Well, maybe they don’t think they are superheros, but they sure try to act like superheros!
Many define leadership and their value by what they accomplish. They drive results themselves by taking everything on. When goals are set, they put on their capes and try to take it all on. When projects are assigned, they sign up for as many as they can. When things go sideways, these heros try to put the entire team on their back and save the day.
It all starts positive and with good intentions, but eventually, the superhero becomes an exhausted hero! To define leadership, superheros need to turn in their capes and trade it in for a coaches whistle.
Defining leadership as a coach means actually leading, not doing. Think about a sports coach. Many of them didn’t even play the sport at the level they are coaching. They can never go on the field and throw the ball, put on a jersey and shoot a free throw, or grab a racket and jump on the court. A coach helps maximize the skills, talents, and power of the team. A coach provides a clear vision, clear direction, and unwavering support when things get tough. They know how to approach a problem with the solution of several team members, instead of just one of themselves.
So, choose the whistle and be a coach. Retire the cape and stop trying to be a superhero. As a coach, build the Game Plan and help your team score!