4 Signs It’s Time to Leave Your Job
One of the many challenges great leaders face is knowing when it’s time to turn the helm over to someone else. When you’ve been successful and are still loved and respected by your team, it’s left up to your own judgment if the time has come for you to leave. Pride and ego often prevent us being able to make this decision on our own because then we have to accept a few other not so pleasant things—like the fact that maybe we’re getting a little older and performing is getting a little harder or that the company has evolved without us.
Neither of those things has to be a bad thing, unless you can’t remove yourself from the situation for some pretty honest and intense self-evaluation. We have all seen coaches and leaders stay too long. Everyone knows it’s time for a change except them. Maybe they have had a ton of success and no one wants to say “we need new blood.” You, as the leader, must be in touch with where you are in the leadership cycle of life. If you stay in charge too long, it won’t matter what you accomplished during your tenure. Your legacy will become being the person who didn’t know when to step down. We’ve all heard of leaders who have gone out that way, and it’s never pretty.
Even though walking away might be the hardest thing you’ve ever done in your life, you have to evaluate whether or not you should from time-to-time. There are four questions you need to ask yourself—the fourth one is probably the most important—and if you answer yes to any of them, it’s time to consider that you may no longer be the right person to lead your team.
Are there people around me who can do this job better? You are good at recognizing exceptionally talented people and you’ve probably been grooming people to take over future leadership roles in the organization. Take a good long, honest look at those people and yourself. If there is someone already on your team who would be a better leader than you, maybe letting them is what is best for the company. Step away from the leadership role and stay on in an advisory role if you’re not ready to let go just yet, but don’t lose the future of your company because your ego can’t admit you may not be the best guy for the job anymore.
Can I still effectively handle the chaos and uncertainty that is part of this position? A good leader thrives on chaos and faces challenges head on. If you find yourself completely exhausted by all that goes into leading your business, that means your passion is gone and it’s time to walk away. I’m not talking about the inevitable fatigue that goes along with constantly putting out fires. I mean if the day-to-day beats you down so much it’s effecting you mentally and physically, you’re not doing your best for your team and it’s time to turn things over to someone who will.
Read on for two more signs that it’s time to leave your job: http://mariashriver.com/blog/2016/01/5-signs-its-time-to-leave-your-job-john-addison/
This post originally appeared on MariaShriver.com.