“What kind of question is that?” she asked.
I had been listening to Colleen complain about her staff for the last 45 minutes. She was frustrated that they seemed to rely so heavily on her to get anything done.
“I don’t mean to be rude,” I said. “It just seems to me that if they could do it without your leadership then you wouldn’t be necessary.”
Leadership is a funny thing. The better we exercise it, the less we’re needed. In that sense, Colleen was right to be frustrated and she needs to evaluate her own leadership to see if she could be training her staff to be more independent and make better decisions on their own. However, there are some things only the leader can do: Develop and cast vision, build culture, and making decisions that affect the entire organization, for instance.
So, are you necessary? What are you doing to work yourself out of a job, which ironically, will only make you more in demand?