but in the end nobody did it
We all know the lines about everybody knowing that somebody would do it, but in the end nobody did it; it’s a little off pat, but rings nicely true and it sums up one of the basic issues of leadership that is often overlooked (see foot of blog for the full story).
The leader may have all of the right ideas, but if they fail to get people doing the right things to make them happen then nothing much will. It is why so many good strategies fail because there is no effective drive to make sure that everyone involved in implementing the strategy understands who need to do what and by when. The strategy sits there in all of its perfection, sadly unfulfilled.
Getting things done means communicating the tactical plan well, ensuring that everyone knows not just their own role, but also what everyone else is doing and making sure that what should be happening is being done to the required standard and on time. It also means taking corrective action as and when necessary so that everybody does what needed to be done.
A lot of managers are not leaders, but some are and the opposite issue applies to leaders; a few are, but many are not. Really good leaders understand if they have that weakness that one key member of their team needs to be a good manager because it is the good managers who will drive the tactical plan through to a successful conclusion. Oh, and they also make the leader look good.
“Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody would do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.”