When you’re in the Right Seat you “get it, want it and have the capacity to do it”. You know it and just as importantly, everyone on your team knows it. There’s confidence in your ability to deliver the goods, to get results. And, when everyone on the leadership team is in the Right Seat, there’s a foundation in place to build a great business.
But, what if you’re in the Wrong Seat? You may not really “want it”. You may not have the capacity to do it because you lack the ability and/or time. If you’re the owner you may have taken the seat because you felt compelled to do it. “After all” you tell yourself, “I’m one of the owners, I’m expected to lead, to hold people accountable, to run a tight ship.” But, in your heart of hearts, you’re miserable because your real purpose or passion isn’t being maximized. Your hip-pocket skill may be sales, service, finance, or product development. But, you’ve put yourself (or let yourself be put) into the wrong seat. And, everyone knows it.
When there’s a “Wrong Seat” on the leadership team, others in the organization pay the price. They have an unhappy boss who just isn’t fully engaged. As goes the leadership team, so goes the rest of the organization.
Does your organization have the right structure – the necessary seats and the right people in those seats to take you where you want to go in the next 6 to 12 months? If not, what steps are you taking now to resolve the issue? Are you in the Right Seat?