“If you were to get away, would your initiatives and priorities advance in your absence?”

I was recently reading an article from HBR.

Let me take the liberty of processing it for you.

If you lead a team or a company, take a moment to ask yourself this very important question.

“If you had to take an unexpected week off work, would your initiatives and priorities advance in your absence?”

Shift your perspective for a moment from doing to leading.

Don't get me wrong. I personally admire your willingness to roll up your sleeves and lead by example.  However, there is a significant difference between being a leader or a larger-than-life contributor.

Instead of relying (or worse yet waiting) what about code sharing your vision and your priorities with members of your team? The ceiling on the possibilities are much higher than the ceiling of your own personal contributions. Follows the adage, "To go fast, go alone. To go further, go together." Believe it?

Sure, initially leadership is harder. However, it is the gift that keeps on giving. You can't lead others unless you can lead yourself. Shape and inspire instead of doing it yourself.

Extend your presence through the actions of others.

Start with your reasons (provide context on exactly what is at stake)

Inspire their commitment, a/k/a "I need your help." People need to understand their role and be sure to align with their capacity.

Engage at the right level. Please note style differences here. Coaches instinctively know the level of engagement required.

Practice saying yes, no and yes if. Align initiatives and your level of involvement with your unique ability.