What is it, given the unique role that you’re in, that only you can do? For most people, that’s a relatively short, but very high impact, list. Without taking some time to be mindful in answering that question on a regular basis, it’s easy to get sucked into meetings that don’t require your input or expertise.
People at all levels could significantly improve their performance if they observed this succinct seven-word precept; only do what only you can do. The problem is that many bosses get too involved in details, in day-to-day issues, in firefighting and in micro-managing their staff. The more senior you are, the more time you should spend on strategic rather than tactical issues. Leaders can dramatically improve if they focus much more on leadership matters. The best way you can do this is by delegating the tasks that others can do and thereby concentrating on the tasks that only you can do.
What are the things that you’re doing that someone else can do?
Summing-up: Management is working in the business; leadership is working on the business. So if you are a leader try to step outside the routine, delegate more and focus on the things that only you can do.