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When Leadership Means Stepping Aside: A Conversation for brave leaders

In the business world, we often find ourselves playing certain roles. We’re the driven employee, the supportive leader, or the team player. But what happens when things don’t quite line up, when someone on the team isn’t thriving as they should? Do we just make some changes and hope for the best, or do we pause and consider a different approach?

Let’s get straight to the point. As leaders, we’re always sizing up how well our team members fit within our team and the larger company culture. But have we ever stopped to wonder whether we’re the best fit for every member of our team?

Think about it. Have you ever heard a leader say, “I think Jaime would do better with Sarah leading him?” Sounds a bit strange, doesn’t it? But it shouldn’t. Different leaders bring different styles, experiences, and knowledge to the table. And that can significantly impact how a team member grows and develops.

This brings us to the million-dollar question: “Could it be me?” We’re not talking about questioning your overall leadership skills or doubting your place in the company. No, this is about recognizing that one of your team members might do better and contribute more under another leader. Sometimes, it’s just the combination of personalities and styles that doesn’t quite work.

Admitting this doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It just shows you understand that people grow differently and you’re committed to doing what’s best for your team. It’s about being brave enough to look inward and accept that sometimes the best way to lead is to step aside.

This idea flips the traditional concept of leadership on its head. But it opens the door for a more genuine, empathetic kind of leadership. It means prioritizing individual growth over sticking to the usual way of doing things. And that can lead to happier, more productive employees and a stronger, more successful company.

At the end of the day, it’s not about being the best leader for everyone, but the right leader for each individual. Sometimes, that might mean standing back and cheering on another leader.

Isn’t it time we made this kind of talk a normal part of our leadership conversations? Leadership isn’t just about leading; it’s about knowing when to pass the baton for the good of the team.

Hey there, I’m Shayla King! 🌟I began by flipping pancakes at IHOP and then hustled my way up to the corporate C-Suite before 40. My journey’s had it all. At first, it was grueling. On top of the challenges of being a young woman trying to climb the ladder in male dominated industries, I was also a single mom battling autoimmune diseases.

The silver lining? I spearheaded leadership development at some of America’s largest companies. I used those skills to distill those trials and triumphs into a proven framework. Now, I’m here to help ambitious moms like you design a life of ease and joy. If this IHOP gal can rise, redesign, and thrive, so can you.

Let’s Evolve Together.

Your coach, cheerleader, and accountability partner, Shayla

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