You are the leader, it is your problem, no one else's, right?
Leadership involves calculating return on investment. Sometimes that means you take the 2nd best solution to a problem, not the first. Why would you do that?
Stop being the Chief Problem Solver in your organization. Let the team come up with a solution and implement it. Even if it is not as good as the solution you had in mind. Again, why would you do that?
The benefits of delegating this to your team are tremendous:
- The team can all get behind the solution because it is theirs
- This also create an ownership attitude
- By coming up with the execution plan, they will see what worked and what didn't
- You may know the problems that they will run into, but let them figure it out so they won't do it again in the future
- Motivation & Purpose
- We are always trying to motivate our team, and help them define their purpose, letting them hatch their plan will do this (similar to buy-in)
How do you put a price on motivation, buy-in, purpose, and on the job training? What do you think the cost difference was between your plan, the one that they came up with? That can be considered an investment into all of these programs. Who knows, it may end up with an overall ROI better than the one you came up with?
Remember that when you lead, you want your team to be with you when success is achieved. Standing on top of the mountain all alone saying "see, I told you I would get here" is a very lonely feeling.