Taking responsibilities makes everyone feel important. This feeling naturally drives leaders to make things converge towards them.
Leaders and managers must focus on expanding their involvement by looking up instead of down. They have to become less and less essential for their direct teams.
Being essential is great for individuals ego, but it is motionless for organizations.
Target to become less and less essential. Help your employees to grow and to take decision by their own.
Train them to PDCA (Plan Do Check Act) methodology which will enable "try and adjust" behaviors.
Do not answer to all questions, ask questions to help employees find solutions by themselves.
Months after months focus your energy on higher purpose, "look up" instead of down. Meet your N+1, meet your clients, stay informed on the world and the news, train yourself on new ways of thinking, new ways of managing, take some rest and find yourself more and more, it is a never ending journey. Once you won't be essential anymore, something will happen (reorganization, new opportunity).
This behavior is a win-win game :
- Personal growth
- Organization growth
It helps employees to evolve.
It avoids information loss when you leave the job.
It free up some time to keep you in the game.
It decreases stress and pressure letting people learning by themselves.
Do not be on the fire line : step back for one week (holidays, blackberry off, etc...)
Then identify the employees who are taking responsibilities, make them grow and try it again and again.