Why is it important to get your hands dirty
True work is hard, true work sucks, and true work is frustrating!
It’s easy to get caught up in delegation when taking on a leadership position at a new job. Especially when it is a startup which is in building product mode. This is the most exciting phase of any startup. But truth be told that this phase is also the most treacherous too. There are so many things to do. Things quickly go for toss with ‘n’ no of priorities popping up to achieve business goals. But this is the time for leaders to walk the walk.
To run a company, you of course need to delegate to give yourself time and complete tasks at your level but pick your spots and continue to roll up your sleeves and get dirty once in a while. You’ll see the entire organization follow that lead.
One should not be afraid to jump in the trenches and get hands dirty when the situation demands it. Apart from making your team connect with you better, it allows you to also learn first-hand about all of the different challenges that your team experiences every day.
My decision to take on a handful of things my team was doing had a tremendous effect. It was invigorating for me, it challenged the team (shouldn’t they be better at this than I am?), and it shows that you are not afraid to get down to business in any part of the company.
“Be the hardest worker in the room, and you will have everything you’ve ever wanted.”
You have to do this — if you don’t your business will not last, and you will be miserable. Besides which, it’s R and D and therefore a completely legitimate component of your business.
Few important leanings:
- Do it. Get your hands dirty again. It will make you happy.
- If you snooze as leader you will lose.
- The day you stop touching the business is the day the business begins to manage you and your relevancy vanishes.