Don't be OVERLY available for your team!
Leaders often say that they want to "always be available" for their team, though that approach comes with some significant costs, some that are easily seen and some that aren't.
The first problem is for the leader themselves. If you allow, or worse, encourage, team members to pop into your office or virtual workspace anytime they want, you are inviting a steady stream of distractions for yourself. What about the important work 𝒚𝒐𝒖 have? What about the deadlines that 𝒚𝒐𝒖 are working towards? Without limits on your availability, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 will be the one who creates the time crunch that will lead to late nights, working on weekends, and missed family events. You've set in motion the hurried game of "whack-a-mole" that makes deep & focused thought so difficult.
The other person who loses here is your team member. If they become conditioned to come to you at the first sign of trouble, they aren't growing 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 creativity or problem solving, or increasing 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 ability to find resources.
𝑻𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒏'𝒕 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒓𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝒇𝒊𝒔𝒉 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒎𝒔𝒆𝒍𝒗𝒆𝒔, 𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒎𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒇𝒊𝒔𝒉.
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