I think it was Peter Drucker who said, “Soldiers have the right to competent command.” When I heard this it made me examine whether I’ve got the right skills to lead others with excellence. It also made me think of the things I expect of the person who leads me. What is it about my ‘commander’ that makes me want to follow him? Generally speaking, the people I’ve excelled under have a strong vision and entrust me with what I do well, which is ‘getting it done.’ I’m at my best when putting decisions into action, not when grabbing at a bunch of ideas.
Identifying my strengths as an implementer and leaving the dreaming and vision up to those who do that well has given me a tremendous amount of freedom (and energy) to be who I am. Are you leading others competently? Are you leading from your strengths? A great way to assess this is thru Strengths Finder, by Marcus Buckingham.