Why do we enlist the aid of the iconic handyman?
Usually, it is because he has:
- the unique know-how to fix something (which we don’t),
- the tools to fix something (which we don’t),
- the time to fix something (which we don’t), or
- the willingness to fix something (which we don’t).
In all respects, our need for the handyman is to solve a problem, provide a solution, to keep our lives/work running smoothly.
As leaders, others often enlist our help for the same reasons. (Look at list again now).
We do our organizations (and families and teams) a much greater service when we teach/coach/develop them to become the “fixer uppers” of their problems rather than taking on that task ourselves.
Building the capacity of those within our circle of influence is a fundamental responsibility of leaders (parents, teachers, coaches, mentors). It is a fruitful combination of development and empowerment.
It takes time. It takes effort. It takes patience. It’s a little messy. It’s worth it.