6 Reasons Why You Cannot Do It All By Yourself

If you are a leader or manager, chances are your personal drive, desire to get things done as well as your ability to get on with others got you to where you are right now.

As you become more senior, the success you achieve is as much about your ability to get results through others as it is about what you do personally.

So what are 6 reasons why you cannot do it all by yourself if you want to succeed as a leader or manager?

  1. There is only one of you.
  2. Your capacity is capped at 24 hours a day.
  3. No matter how good you are at your job, there are going to be things that you are not very good at.
  4. You are expected to manage, lead and get results through others, not to be the Lone Ranger.
  5. If you do it all alone, you can only progress one thing at a time.
  6. You deprive others of the opportunity to grow and develop if you try to do everything.

The Bottom Line

Success as a manager or leader in today’s complex and demanding business world can only be achieved through the efforts of many. So what do you need to let go of to achieve more success?

Duncan Brodie of Goals and Achievements helps accountants and health professionals to achieve success and realize their professional potential through being highly effective leaders and managers. For more information and to sign up for his free audio e-course click here

About the Author Duncan Brodie

Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.

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Sue Atkins says 21 May 2010

Leaders inspire, motivate and lead by example and both managers or entrepreneurs can begin to run on empty if they don’t delegate, outsource or share tasks. Great leaders delegate the task but not the responsibility as they keep the bigger picture. Working as a team means everyone is playing their part in the whole jigsaw and in their centre of competence, expertise and passsion so the whole project succeeds easily. The confident leader recognises other people’s skills, celebrates them and utilises them.
Good delegation saves time, develops people and teams, grooms a successor, and motivates everyone. Poor delegation causes frustration, demotivates and confuses, and fails to achieve the task or outcome.
I say to the parents I coach, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much” ~ Helen Keller !!

Duncan Brodie says 28 May 2010


Great points and particularly love your insights around delegation.


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