My client felt stuck. Her company was growing rapidly, and she had come to me wanting strategies for time management and “staying on top of things.”
As the founder, she was feeling like she needed to do it all. Because she always had. True, she had help. More than ever. But it was more and more people doing what she told them to do.
It was exhausting.
I asked her what she was best at.
“I love working with clients to get really clear on their vision.”
And what are you not good at?
“All the financial stuff. Budgeting, accounts receivable, project management. But my name’s on the door, so I feel like I have to be involved.”
Even though there are other people who are better at it?
Her demeanor suddenly shifted. Her shoulders slumped. Her voice softened. And it that moment, she and I both had a realization.
“I’m getting in the way, aren’t I?”
In that moment, I learned what true leadership looks like. Yes, you do the thing you love to do. You exercise your superpower.
You find other people to do everything else.
In only a few weeks, everything changed for her. She went from overwhelm to ease and focus and joy.
She remembered why she founded her company.