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Leaders who revert to doer/operator mode

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

Photo by Isis França on Unsplash

I am a big fan of Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla and SpaceX). Elon is a visionary leader, hard-working, driven and passionate about his businesses, their products and the longer-term impact he will have on future generations.

Unfortunately based on what is being written about him in the press and his own social media content it appears that he is trying to do too much himself and not relying upon the talented people and teams that he has at his companies.

Ironically this mistake of always being the doer/operator and not empowering others through effective delegation is a classic mistake that trips up aspiring leaders and not someone of Elon's incredible experience and talents.

A leader that dips back into doer/operator mode is fine especially for fire-fighting but the problem arises when fire-fighting becomes the norm rather than the exception.

Let's hope he quickly reverts back to the inspirational leader mode!

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