- You get it – he describes this as having the aptitude, natural ability, and thorough understanding of the ins and outs of the job,
- You want it – you sincerely desire the role of firm leader, and
- You have the capacity to do it – you possess the emotional, intellectual, physical, and time capacity to be the boss, or leader.
Do you have all three of these? I think we all have them in various balances, but it is good to know thyself in assessing where you stand in the 3 requirements of being a great leader. Let me break down my own personal assessment on these 3 areas of being a leader.
Get it – As a leader, I have the natural empathy and care for others that allows me to lead teams. I really do get it. But, I will say that about 3 years ago, I was beginning to look for a partner that could lead with me in the ways that I struggled. A larger firm with a larger team requires more attention to build structure, processes, team care, HR, and a million other things. I do NOT ‘get’ the way these things needed to be done, and thankfully was able to find a partner that naturally gets the things I do not. Now, we ‘get it’ collectively and that works!
Want it – I want it more than anything. But maybe this is where I’ve struggled in the past the most. Do I want what being a firm leader really means? Being a leader is a calling, and it gets bigger as your vision grows. The vision for our firm and Thriveal is big, so I’m learning to want a new perspective on what leadership is really going to look like for the future. I have answered this question with a resounding yes!
Capacity to do it – I do have most of these attributes, but a lot of these can be in short supply (like time). As you grow, you have to monitor the supply of your capacity to make sure you are not being depleted as a leader. More of everything can quickly overwhelm a leader and keep you from being a great boss. I wasn’t so good at knowing when I was running out of ‘capacity juice,’ so the capacity issue did catch me off guard. This capacity issue also led me to seek out a partner who could help share this load with me.
If you were to assess yourself as a firm leader, how would you rate yourself on the get it, want it, capacity to do it scale? Are you overwhelmed in any one area or multiple areas? Being able to assess your abilities as a firm leader will reap benefits in the future as you grow your firm!