If you are spending too much time and energy to move things forward, then your managers are not supporting you or the company’s goals. The bench strength of your team is low.
4 Signs that a team is not supporting you:
- You constantly are asking for vital information
- You regularly need to follow-up on team projects
- Meetings are like a merry-go-round, nothing gets solved or moved ahead
- You are making decisions the team should be making
A key reason they are NOT supporting you is because the team lacks the Internal Leadership Capacity to do more than the basics. They are too busy just getting through the day-to-day tasks of their jobs.
Examine their day-to-day tasks: are they completing tasks instead of delegating?
What is Internal Leadership Capacity?
It is the amount of energy a manager has to focus beyond what they perceive as their basic role to actually lead others and make strategic decisions. For instance, an operations manager at a trucking firm believes his role is to calculate lane costs. His Internal Leadership Capacity is low. To increase his Internal Capacity, he needs to have someone else do the calculations so he can interpret the results and make better decisions.
Low Internal Leadership Capacity manager – try to do everything themselves
How to increase Internal Leadership Capacity of your Team:
Develop their leadership behaviours. We have discovered that 80% of leaders are using a small fraction of their capacity, because of poorly focused behaviour. Consequently they do not delegate properly, use their time wisely or mistakenly believe their role is task completion rather than leading others. Make sure each member of the team can do the following:
High Internal Leadership Capacity managers – translate company goals into team goals
- Redefine their role. A shift from task completion to strategy implementation needs to occur.
- Use the goals and objectives of the company to achieve results. A manager can translate the company goals into their teams’ goals, measure success, and communicate it to their team… and to you.
- The ability to work through others. Managers move along a continuum on their ability to work through others. A manager with low Internal Leadership Capacity will try and do everything themselves. As they progress they will rely on their favourites, people they trust or like. As their capacity grows further they will build a team to achieve the company goals. A leader with a high capacity has the ability to build a higher performing team and move the company ahead.
- Sets expectations clearly to get results. A manager with a high Internal Leadership Capacity can not only clearly set expectations for why something needs to be done, but can expect and receive accomplishment at a higher level.
Bench strength of the team is high, because Internal Leadership Capacity of each member is high
Picture this possibility – the bench strength of your team is high, because the Internal Leadership Capacity of each member is high. You walk into your office and feel the hum of productivity. The report you asked your sales manager for has just been sent to you a day before it’s needed, and you are going to enjoy the operations meeting, because all you need to do is listen and make a few comments. Everything is working as it needs to. Your trust in them is high. How would you feel?
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