Leadership Hats: The Sombrero
I know, I know … you’re a machine. And I know if they could bottle the drive and passion you put into every second of the day, a crate of the stuff would be worth a king’s ransom.
But even machines need an oil change and a tune-up once in a while.
A Very Important Leadership Hat
Out of all the different hats that leaders wear, the sombrero (or as I like to call it, the siesta-time hat) earns the least respect. But it’s one of the more important hats you can wear. And probably not for the reasons you’re thinking.
Yes, the sombrero combats fatigue and burn-out and helps you bring some balance to the mad dash of whatever you’re pursuing. It also does two other very important things:
- It gives you room for improvement. With anything you’re working on there are always a hundred little pieces to the puzzle. And when everything is moving at light speed and you’ve got to get all those pieces put together right now, you don’t really have time to make sure they’re the best pieces. A little siesta time removes you from the daily grind and lets you put some thought into each of them. So instead of just focusing on getting them done, you can work on better ways to get them done.
- It gives you a look at new horizons. Just as important as looking at all the pieces of the puzzle is seeing the big picture. You need the big picture; that view from 50,000 feet. It’s the only way to see if you’ve got a hundred miles of pristine train track in front of you or a washed out bridge and a date with gravity down the line. Stepping back and looking at different things from different perspectives also gives you new insights into new directions. If you can completely separate yourself from the tasks at hand, you can find all sorts of new and exciting opportunities. Opportunities that are not found within the confines of the pieces or the big picture you’re working on.
The next time something doesn’t feel like it’s on track, or good enough, or bringing in enough new opportunities … lead the way. Put on your sombrero and step away from it for a while.
And don’t forget the tequila.