When should leaders dig into the details?

The answer to this question is not always black and white; when do you need to stop thinking in the abstract and start doing the dirty work–be it in sales opportunity or in understanding how your company can execute an idea? Your answer could depend on many variables, be intelligent about when to broaden and when to drill down.

The dangers of getting stuck on the details

It is important for a leader to be thorough and to be involved with the details. Detail-oriented people need not worry as much about getting stuck on the step at the top of the pyramid, as they will likely not make it to those high-level tasks if they can’t complete those at the bottom. However, those who seek only high-level strategy must avoid loss of focus or their project could suffer from failures due to missed low-level details, such as logistics and operating structures. Ultimately it’s best for a leader to equally involve themselves with both ends of the spectrum and know how and when to do so.

Why leaders should dig into the details

In order for a leader to make the best decisions, they need information. They may not be privy to all of the information necessary, but if they aren’t asking questions, then the organization might not get the full picture. It’s part of a good leader’s job to walk along with an issue and solve it by following through.

How to dig into the details if you aren’t a detailed person

Being detail-oriented can be challenging, especially if you are someone who tends to be more creative. If you feel like the little things are often weighing you down, be sure to allow extra time to plan out your work. It’s normal not always to know the right answer; the key is to ask questions and to take action. Remember that revisiting details is an important part of the process of getting something right!