Often as leaders we get frustrated when our team members don't meet up to our auspicious expectations. We grumble when their task is tardy or lacking the pizzaz we imagined it should.
But our first rule in leadership is: look at myself first.
Am I defining the excellence I want? I am showing examples of what, how and when? Am I communicating through specifics examples?
This is a "manager hat" that we often need to don as leaders. In this function, we must focus on providing simple, detailed instructions for outcomes, deliverables, and deadlines to our teams.
So before we write off our team members as lazy and incompetent, let's take the time to ensure we are giving them the tools they need to do a fantastic job.
The onus lies with us first.