We Hired You to Be a Leader
In a previous post I talked about an interview Chris LoCurto did with Joe Scarlett, former CEO of Tractor Supply Company for the EntreLeadership Podcast. If you haven't listened to the podcast, do yourself a favor and click here to listen (be sure to scroll to the bottom to listen to the bonus interview!)!
In the interview, Joe talks about his love of delegation. Bragging (rightfully so, in my opinion) that he had delegated so well that as CEO he made very few actual decisions.
Photo courtesy of Mays Business School, Some Rights ReservedHe told a story about when he was a young leader in an department store in charge of closing the store. In order to get finished he rolled up his sleeves and began emptying garbage cans etc. While do so the store manager came to him and said, in effect, "We didn't hire you to empty the garbage, we hired you to lead. "
What a profound statement. Joe said that after that delegation became his middle name!! He says if you learn to delegate you'll never become a workaholic.
Delegation is the key to keeping balance in your life. Joe says living a balanced life and not letting work take over is a mindset. He says you must do 4 things well:
1. Build good teams
2. Delegate responsibility
3. Trust people to get the job done
4. Set up checkpoints to make sure things stay on track.
his definitive statement on delegation was:
"if you can't delegate responsibility you can't move up the ladder."
Question: What is your view of delegation? How can you delegate so you can be a more effective leader?
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