Make sure you’ve got the right team in place! Follow these steps:
Step 1: Figure out who YOU are, and be really honest with yourself. You are most likely a leader for sure; you are also likely to either be a manager OR visionary. I recently recorded a podcast that shares a story about a business owner who didn’t want to be a leader anymore. He wanted to manage – and that’s ok. What is important is for you to know is who you are.
For me, I know I’m a visionary and leader. I’m not a good manager because I’m always thinking big picture and I’m more concerned with how people feel than the work that’s getting done. I have a manager who is also a leader working for me, and I also have someone who is a pure manager, to help make up for the managerial skills I lack.
Step 2: Identify who on your team plays the other roles. Use those examples and characteristics I mentioned earlier to help you with this. If you really get stuck, have a conversation with that person about it – find out how they feel about their current role, and talk to them about strategy, planning, or other elements of work to help you get a read on them.
Step 3: Move towards alignment – if you have a manager who is actually a leader, maybe some job duties need to change. If you are the visionary but you’re still managing work, that needs to change. It won’t happen over night, but create a plan and timeline for making these strategic shifts. And if you are a manager, definitely ask for help with this from your leaders!
This type of alignment in leadership roles will create an environment for a more successful team. The other reason you want to go through this exercise is most of your team will be happier at work when they are in the right roles for them – which makes for a more productive environment and better workplace culture.