It’s not enough for a good leader to surround himself with good people. Leaders must allow those people to do what they were hired to do. Sometimes it’s easy to just go with our own assumptions when those assumptions affirm the direction we prefer. Unfortunately, even as a leader, our own inexperience can cause us to doubt the wisdom of the expert we chose to include on our team. Great leadership doesn’t just hire well. Great leadership trusts those that they hire to make decisions.
A team’s potential is correlated directly to the strength of the leadership of the team. Every leader needs to realize that they are likely holding the team back in some way. That’s a tough truth to accept but great leaders not only accept that they have liabilities, but do their best to mitigate them. They avoid being the lid on the team’s potential at all costs by surrounding themselves with people that can cover their liabilities.
Resources are a limit. Manpower, space, money, and supplies are all finite and therefore a limiting factor. It’s up to the team to understand their resource limit. Teams that do not accept their resource limit end up broke. They live paycheck to paycheck and never really get ahead. This makes everything seem harder. Resources are not always about the amount but about management. Great resource management first acknowledges the limit and then plans. Ordinary “broke” teams plan, then find out when they run out of resources. Who wants to live that life? Sadly, most people.
The legal limit should be accepted and observed by any team. It could be either a law or a rule, but teams must play within the rules. Removing or ignoring a legal limit makes me a liability for the team. Success found outside the rules is short-lived because the team will get found out. If you have to cut corners and break rules to win, then your team isn’t very good in a moral sense or otherwise.
Every team has its limit. It’s important to know if that limit is something to accept or something to remove. Acceptable limits include circumstances that are outside of our control. Limits that should be removed include personal liabilities and flaws that can be improved upon through humble learning and development. Accepting a personal limit and refusing to improve or change means that I am responsible for holding the team back.