Here's something I've come to realize. There are three kinds of projects: small, medium and large. The small ones are the ones that clearly you can do by yourself. Such a project might be organizing the piles of paper on your desk. The large projects are the ones that clearly you need a large team to complete. Such a project might be launching a new product for your company.
The thing is...it's the medium projects...those are the hard ones to figure out. You're not sure if you should tackle them yourself, or get others involved.
- Sometimes you take on a project yourself and find out that, "Uh oh! This project is bigger than I thought." That wastes a ton of your time.
- Other times you get a team of folks involved and find out that, "Uh oh! Too many chefs in the kitchen." That wastes a ton of everyone's time.
But when you take on that medium sized project that is just-a-little-too-big-for-you and get it done, you will have been truly productive. And you will feel great about yourself.
Likewise, when you get a small team of folks together to tackle that medium sized project that is just-a-little-too-small-to-get-the-whole-company-involved and get it done, you will have shown leadership. And others will feel great about you.