Step Aside And Watch Others Take The Lead

Posted on 13. May, 2014 by in Blog, Career, Communication, Goals and Success, Integrity, Lead From Within, Leadership, Leadership Development, Life Balance, Life Skills, Mission, Passion, Personal Development, Purpose, Purpose, Relationships, Self Help, Teachable, Values, Vision

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A world-famous violinist once said after a successful performance of Beethoven’s violin concerto: “I have a beautiful score, a lovely violin, and a very good bow. When I put these three together I only need to step aside.”

In leadership, when you have a great mission, great purpose, and a great team, all you have to do is step aside and then watch others take the lead.

No longer are we looking for those who lead us with control and manipulation.

No longer are we looking toward business to be produced, powered, and possessed.

The world has changed, and with it our expectations of ourselves has too.

We are looking for purpose and meaning. We want to be valued and to be appreciated for our gifts.  People expect to have an opportunity to allow their talents to play a part of the bigger picture. We want to be associated with something beyond ourselves. And we want to play their part.

We are drivers of innovation. There are brilliant innovators and solitary geniuses. But most of us must allow for innovation and creativity to collaborate, to make it a collective process. Innovation must be about involving others, playing to their strengths, and showcasing their talent. Sustainable innovation comes about when everyone has an opportunity to contribute their slice of genius.

We are leaders who encourage a sense of community. It is great to be able to orchestrate, but it’s better when we allow all the talent, all the gifts, all the skills, to come together within a community. We need everyone in the collective to make it happen—the vision makers, the talent takers, the skill setters—to come together as a community and use their gifts as a collective.

When we step aside to allow innovation and creativity to emerge, we are not abrogating our leadership responsibilities or turning our backs on our business acumen.

What we are really doing is simply becoming the musicians we are meant to be—the leaders we know we are, building businesses into what we know they can become.

Be known as the leader who is the gatherer of collective talent, with the collective genius to make the right thing happen.

Lead from within: Those leaders who become the musicians of their business are most likely to be different. They are willing to believe in others, they are willing to step aside- so that other can take the lead.

And so I ask you as a leader: Are you stepping aside to make beautiful music?

Lolly Daskal is the president and founder of Lead From Within a coaching and consultant firm that manages large scale corporate coaching and custom made leadership programs. Connect with Lolly Daskal

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15 Responses to “Step Aside And Watch Others Take The Lead”

  1. Panteli Tritchew

    13. May, 2014

    As leaders, some of us get carried away with doing “the heavy lifting,” thinking we are doing the team a favor. I have certainly made that mistake ion the past.

    When we step aside and watch others take the lead, it’s uplifting for everyone. Projects move forward; teams operate at higher levels; talents and spirits are lifted.

    Light-lifting is so much more fun than heavy-lifting…

    Have a wonderful day, Lolly!

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  2. LaRae Quy

    13. May, 2014

    Great thoughts here, Lolly.

    I think of the reasons it’s hard to step aside is that our own ego resists anyone running the show except us!

    If we can get past our need to be number one, we’ve moved from being an average leader to being an extraordinary one.

    Have a great week!

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  3. Terri Klass

    13. May, 2014

    Terrific post, Lolly and one that evokes the importance of trusting those on our teams and people we collaborate with. If we are able to cultivate transparent and open relationships, we can more easily let go.

    When we empower our teams and collaborators to fly onwards without us always in front, we are truly leading.

    Thanks Lolly!

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    • lollydaskal

      22. May, 2014

      You don’t lead by pointing and telling people some place to go. You lead by showing the way and letting people lead on their own.

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  4. Dave "theHRCzar" Ryan

    15. May, 2014

    Nice post, concise but to the point and dead on!

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    • lollydaskal

      22. May, 2014

      To be a good leader, you sometimes need to go down the untraveled path. Being bold in the face of uncertainty will help give your team courage and motivate them to keep striving when the going gets tough.

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  5. Rodney Whittle

    26. May, 2014

    I work for a leader that is always bragging about his team. I love him for it and I know he does this because he wants to see more opportunities come my way.

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  7. Dawood Chishti

    19. Jul, 2014

    Collective talent and collective genius make the right things happen. It’s compelling.

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  8. Justin Byrne

    26. Jul, 2014

    Thank you for the post Lolly. I appreciate your support of the idea of letting leaders lead and putting the most talented team together to achieve greatness. You’re right, it takes a different type of person and a different type of leader to assemble a great team full of talented individuals and step aside to let the magic flow. Most people do not think like this because they are in need of recognition for their achievements. It is difficult to evaluate the impact of a leader who “steps aside”, so some never receive the recognition they deserve.

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