The curse of a manager is that feeling you have to do more to get your team to be productive. The irony is that sometimes doing less is more. When a leader steps back, it allows the executive team to do more, which empowers them. The most affective leaders delegate almost everything they do to staff, thereby freeing themselves up to see the big picture and plan for the future.

Very few tasks should actually be completed by the leader. Leaders should spend most their time acting as a facilitator and orchestrator. If you take the metaphor of an orchestra, the leader is the conductor and shouldn’t be down in the music pit trying to play the cello and violin.