I was having another conversation with a terrific senior executive client this morning when I found myself saying yet again 'let go!'
Building a great team of people who can do great things means letting go of the very tasks we hired them to take from us! This can be painful. After all, not only are you good at doing it yourself, it's something you enjoy doing, so it hurts to lose it. Letting go successfully goes beyond 'delegation' to actual empowerment. And if what you're giving up feels 'precious', it's even more important to relinquish it, because it's distracting you. That distraction was exactly what my client was experiencing - it distracted him from taking a bigger (but 'riskier') role.
If you don't let go, you get tramelled up in second-guessing, micro-managing, duplicating effort, burdening your task list. You are also ignoring (which will be visible to your stakeholders) your really important issues because perhaps you secretly doubt your ability to resolve them. The very issues that are the pathway to a CEO role or senior partnership - or developing a successful business.
The very tasks that will enable you to progress your own impact and career.
So, let go!