Do your direct reports make you (their boss) happier and more productive?
If owning your business is not as fun as you want it to be, or if you are not as productive as you want to be…look around you.
Have you assembled the right team, those that report directly to you?
A superior leader should make your life easier and more fun.
This is true for all your direct reports, whether this person is a Division Leader, Office Manager, or Second in Command.
Generally, a good leader (one that you have hired, promoted, or developed) should be improving their area of operation.
Is Your Direct Report Doing Their Job?
Interestingly, many owners are on the fence on how some of their key people are performing.
Maybe the person is new to the job, or their team underneath them is new, or you have grown by leaps and bounds and your systems have not kept up.
In your mind, there may be extenuating circumstances…
Still, you wonder if you have the right person in that position?
For this reason, I am supplying you with a “reverse” set of criteria to help you take a fresh look at your direct reports, by looking closer at yourself.
Ask Yourself These Questions, Regarding Each Leader In Their Role…
- Do you feel more confident (or less confident) in letting go and chasing new opportunities?
- Is this person taking tasks and responsibilities off your plate (or putting more on your plate)?
- Are you able to focus on the bigger picture (or are you sucked back into the present-day issues)?
- When you interact with this person, does it help you sharpen your own ideas (or do things become more cloudy)?
- Do you find yourself with more free time on your hands (or are you spending too much time pulled into their orbit of duties)?
As you grow your inner circle––add leaders who not only make their own areas more productive, but they also make you a better leader.
A good direct report gets their own job done, a great one will also manage “up”, ensuring their relationship with you is just as productive.
P.S. You have 6 days left to take advantage of our early bird offer. To learn how to ensure you have the right people on your team, whether it is your Second in Command, or a Division- or Office Manager, join us on Feb. 15th for Develop Your Second In Command.