How did going from an individual contributor to a leader change Joe's perspective?
Joe used to struggle with finding time to be strategic in his role until his mentor told him that he needs to delegate some of his tasks to his team members. He was told that you're withholding opportunities when you don't delegate out.
There may be something on your plate that another team member might be interested in or they could take ownership over. That's an opportunity for them to explore new parts of the business, or maybe even lead down to a new career path.
As a leader, that gives you the opportunity to focus on more strategic activities for your team to make a bigger impact. Give them the ability to make decisions that lead to the delegation as an opportunity.
That conversation he had with his mentor changed his view towards leadership. A fundamental mindset shift that you have to focus on different things and see the world from a different perspective.
Joe then started delegating things and viewed them as opportunities for his team members. Some of them quickly adapted that same concept of delegation as an opportunity which allowed them to excel in their respective roles.
Joe felt proud knowing that he has a team in place that can be totally trusted and who figures things out, but also understanding when they can approach Joe to brainstorm some ideas. Because there's a fine line between autonomy and neglect and not putting people on an island.