One of my greatest frustrations with living in Nigeria- amidst Nigerians (allow my generalization)- has been their inability to complete work to a high/basic/expected standard.
Especially when working with a team of intelligent people and delegating tasks according to stated skills, I find it extremely saddening to find that work has to be re-checked, re-edited, re-done numerous times.
The task of delegating is a difficult one, as is working to time/deadlines, when your team cannot be trusted, cannot be relied upon.
My frustration apparently only seen and understood by me.
I’ve had the privilege of being part of a number of teams, both in member- and leader-capacity, and have been re-named “German efficiency”. Obviously annoying, as I am not German. But the fact remain: efficient! If I make your work harder, rather than easier, I really have no need being there. This, my philosophy. If my being part of a team does more harm than good, I am evidently in the wrong place, doing the wrong thing. Truth is, it really is an attitude-thing! Regardless of how many teams you are part of, you kind of need to make sure you pull – at the very least – your own weight.
Often I’ve had to step in (behind the scenes) to pull the weight of a leader to. I find it difficult to follow.
And so, having done enough encouraging and pulling, I wear out I pull out.
The vacuum of leadership!
John C Maxwell beautifully explains that
Leaders must live by higher standards than their followers. This insight is exactly opposite of most people’s thoughts concerning leadership. In a world of perks and privileges that accompany the climb to success, little thought is given to the responsibilities of the upward journey. Leaders can give up anything except responsibility, either for themselves or their organizations. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., said, “I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.”
Too many people are ready to assert their rights, but not to assume their responsibilities. Richard L. Evans, in his book An Open Road, said, “It is priceless to find a person who will take responsibility . . . to know when someone has accepted an assignment that it will be effectively, conscientiously completed. But when half-finished assignments keep coming back-to check on, to verify, to edit, to interrupt thought, and to take repeated attention-obviously someone has failed to follow the doctrine of completed work.”
Regardless of how visionary and determined you are, regardless of where you are going and how hard you are working toward getting there, having an effective efficient team is paramount to fulfilling your dream. Your team-members can make or break you! Hence, I guess, the importance of selecting the right people for the job. It might take you longer and cost you more, but it will ensure you both lay and build upon a solid and durable foundation.
Now, how respons/reli-able are you?