I bet you weren’t expecting this title in a leadership blog, but the truth is that leaders can’t do it all.
I’ve had a few coworkers (and I bet you have too) who want to be the “super employee”. Even though they have tons of things already on their plate, they always say they can add more to it. Eventually, their work days are spent coming in early and working late—all while accepting more tasks to add to their never-ending list.
They think continually overworking themselves will get them into a position of leadership because they are constantly “burning the midnight oil.” (Note: I am fully aware that some organizations are understaffed and overworked. I’m talking about the people who would take on every task regardless.)
On the surface, this sounds like an ideal employee to promote. However, these types of employees possess traits that are completely contradictory…
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