I have often said to people that the most important role I had as a manager was to ‘make myself redundant’.
By recruiting the right people, and really spending time developing those around you, you have the opportunity to delegate more and more (and by this I mean delegating responsibility, not accountability as ultimately I was still the manager). This enabled me to focus on longer-term, bigger picture projects. Not only do you surround yourself with motivated and engaged people, you know the business is in safe hands when you take holiday. It also sparks greater creativity, and from a more selfish perspective puts the business in great shape with succession planning ready for your own promotion.
Sometimes, the move upwards can be required more rapidly than is personally ideal, but with aiming to make yourself redundant, handover can be very, very quick and smooth, benefitting everyone including you and your new role.
‘Making myself redundant’ is just another way of saying ’empowering others to be the best they can and want to be
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