We love our heroes. They stay alert for danger and then swoop in to save the day.
Everyday heroes may not be looking for danger but they are wired to be the person who saves the day, or in a workplace perhaps it is that they are the go-to person to solve a sticky problem.
A great leader isn’t the person to solve every problem, even if he or she could do so.
A great leader builds up others so that they solve the problems they encounter or foresee.
This is especially powerful when it creates closer collaboration within a team and across teams.
Does this mean you never help solve problems? No. If you (still) are an expert in a particular area or topic, and the team asks you to step into the problem as an expert, then you’ll do so. At that time you are in the role of the expert and not in the role of the leader.
“A great leader feels no need to be the hero. A great leader builds a team and supports them being a hero in their role.” ~ Lori Michele Leavitt