In all of human history there are very few great achievements that have been done by one person working totally alone.
The reality is that there is a severe limit to the amount that one person can achieve by working totally alone. Â Your ability to get results is directly related to your ability to connect with people, communicate your idea and inspire them into action.
Leaders are a lot like professional soccer coaches (soccer is big here in Vietnam). Â The coach doesn’t kick the ball. Â He doesn’t guard the goal. Â His influence is indirect at best during the game. Â What he *does* do is recruit players, train them, motivate them and set overall strategy. Â And everyone gives him the credit (or the blame) if the team wins (or loses).
If you are a leader, you have the same job as the soccer coach.
As CEO, I like to say that I do nothing. Â I don’t sell. Â I don’t program the website. Â I don’t do accounting. Â I don’t talk to candidates. Â I don’t create advertisements or do SEO. Â I achieve results only if the team achieves results.
My number one responsibility is recruiting the right people, putting them in the right places, articulating a vision and setting the direction.
If you’re a leader, that’s your number one responsibility too.