Spending some time away from the office with my family over the holidays got me thinking.
We all have fears about what happens when we are not around. We fear that people will slack off, break important rules, disrespect clients, make fun of us or generally do the least amount of work possible.
It is human nature to focus on the negative but have you ever considered the other side of what can happen when the boss is away? This is the time that members of the team get to experiment with being themselves, with showing some leadership or with doing things the way they have always thought they should be done and pushing the boundaries just a little bit.
It is important to often leave your team to their own devices and see what happens. If we keep an open mind and reserve our judgement as we inquire into how things went when we were away, whether it was for an hour or a month, we can make some interesting discoveries about the character, strengths and weaknesses of our team.
A few qualifiers:
Great leaders don’t need to be there all the time in order to get great performance. Great leaders like you and I deserve a holiday, or time with our families, or a trip to a conference with full confidence that our team is going to do great and grow each time we leave.