How to stop being an over-responsible leader

Jotting down the roles of everyone on the team, accepting help and being self-compassionate are all ways that leaders with a tendency to take on too much can dial down their habits of over-responsibility, The Harvard Business Review reported July 20. 

When leading a team, some managers take on the burden of responsibility too heavily, becoming over-responsible for their team members, affecting their team’s performance and damaging their own wellbeing, writes executive coach Dina Smith. 

Here are five ways Smith shares to stop being too responsible a leader:

  1. Challenge your assumptions about what really is your responsibility and figure out whether you are putting too much pressure on yourself. 

  2. Communicate the responsibilities of others in the team clearly, ensuring they understand and can work on what they need to.

  3. List what each team member, including yourself, is truly responsible for to ensure you are completely aware of the lines between tasks and duties. 

  4. Accept help from others if you feel overwhelmed with responsibilities. 

  5. Be patient and compassionate with yourself in understanding that changing patterns of behavior is difficult and will take time.

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