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Why New Leaders Become Too Busy to Win

  • 30th Jun'22

You were just hired for a position of leadership. You want to establish your value. Furthermore, you want to demonstrate that your promotion was the proper choice. Fear and doubt start to set in at the same time. You doubt your ability to complete the work.

Additionally, now that you are in charge of others, you may wonder if some of your former teammates will  respect you as their boss? You desire respect and admiration. Along with leading, you must accomplish your entrepreneurial qualities.

You start staying up later and sleeping less to maintain your reputation. You're worn out. Furthermore, you're feeling down. Your power is fading. You are unable to make choices. You experience impatience, rage, and frustration. Not only that, but you are so lost in the woods that you cannot see the trees anymore.

Here is one of the most typical leadership pitfalls: Too preoccupied to win. It's not solely the person's fault. In our culture, being busy is valued.  We're inundated with hustling:

  • Hustle is a constant state.

  • You need to work hard if you want to succeed.

  • Those who work hard get rewarded.

To be clear, being busy isn't necessarily a bad thing. Busy turns unhealthy when you're taking on too much and for the wrong reasons.


What Causes Us To Get Too Busy To Win?

Leaders that oppose delegating work frequently become too busy to succeed, and the reasons for this aversion to delegating work typically include the following:

  • We hope to be liked by others.

  • We don't want to waste time explaining how to do anything to someone else.

  • Likewise, we believe we can complete the task the most effectively.

  • We feel that delegation makes us appear weak.

Ironically, refusing to delegate results in followers having less regard for the leader. When you are overworked, you experience stress, which has a bad impact on your mood and makes you irritable and challenging to be around.


Okay, I'm too busy to win. Now what?


Maintain self-awareness

If you're already behind and unsure of why this is challenging, stop to examine your actions and thoughts. This should become a way of life. You advance both personally and professionally in this way. If you're not sure why you've gotten too busy to win, you might utilize the "OK, why?" technique to assist you to identify the source of your stress. It might sound something like this, for example: 

"I'm stressed," OK, why?

I'm over-committed, but why, exactly?

"I don't know how to say no," ok, but why?

"I enjoy being busy," but why?

"My identity is entwined with my work. I have no idea how to separate the two, “ but why?


Get a coach

An excellent executive coach will offer vital objectivity. When you feel at ease talking to them and being open and honest about your circumstance, you've met the proper person. The ideal coach will inspire you, help you identify your mental obstacles, and show you where you need to go.


Take breaks

It's crucial to take pauses as a temporary solution and ultimately as a part of your daily life. Change the scenery in some way by taking a stroll, getting some fresh air, or buying a cup of coffee. On the computer, watch something entertaining or soothing. You can simply take a seat quietly, close your eyes, and pay attention to your breathing. It's crucial to give your mind a break from task-focused thinking.


Allow feedback

You are probably stressed out and overworked if people who know you say so about you. Acknowledge their feedback rather than ignoring it because you're too busy to listen to them or because you're unable to accept it.



You'll eventually need to delegate and let go. This is truly a part of your work; it's not surrendering. Don't view delegation as a sign of weakness; you were put in a leadership position precisely to do so. The reverse is true! You don't appear weak when you delegate; you appear strong.

You earn respect, your job will be lighter, and you will have more room to get a bird's eye view of your group or startup when you delegate. Because it leaves a bad emotional impression on your workplace culture, you want to stop being overly and unnecessarily busy. Like wildfire, emotions spread. Text messages, instant messages, emails, you name it, we can sense someone's emotions even from a distance.


Wrapping Up

A team or organization's attitude is frequently set by great leader, and if that person is stressed out and depressed, you can be sure that everyone else will feel it too. An unfavorable working culture results from everyone being worried and miserable. As employees begin looking for new jobs, engagement disappears, and you run the risk of losing your own leadership position.

You shouldn't be expected to accomplish everything as a freshly appointed leader; instead, devise a workflow that fosters innovation, productivity, and a fulfilling work environment for everyone. It requires having the ability to let go and having faith in your team and yourself.


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