– October 30, 2009
I am a perfectionist.
I know I am and I have come to accept it. You would think that this would be okay and just make the caliber of my work better, but in the end being a perfectionist is just an annoyance to myself. I enjoy being in a leadership position because I like to have my hands in all aspects of a task or an organization, but what I’m realizing is that I’m having trouble with delegating. I don’t give other people as many tasks to take on as I should because I don’t trust that the work will get done on time or to the level of expectations that I would have for myself. So the result of this is that I end up overloading myself with work and all the accompanying stress.
Each day I’m realizing more and more that I have to move away from my current method and more towards one that does divide the work out amongst the team but I’m struggling with the ‘how’ part. How do you motivate your team to have the same expectations as you? How do you get them to understand that when you set a deadline… you mean it?
I am also an easy going person. I prefer to stay away from confrontation (although I’m not afraid of it if it’s necessary). Yet again, I’ve realized some times you need to stop being overly nice to make sure that you are not being walked all over.
The way I see it is this: When you are working in a team situation, there should be a mutual respect for one another.
I think that step one in my effort to fix my situation is to evaluate myself. I started doing some research so that I can make an honest effort to fix my faults that are contributing to this lack of team work and I found this article that gives 10 tips for being a good leader.
Check it out:
This is something that every one from time to time needs to do. Sit back, evaluate yourself, and try to realize the things that you could change or improve on to make yourself a better leader, team player, and peer.
><(("> Michela Fleury
Michela is a ><(("> Team Member at Catch Your Limit, a management firm with offices in Tallahassee, Florida and Richmond, Virginia. To learn more, visit http://www.catchyourlimit.com/.
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