One of the leadership core philosophies that Dawn developed which enabled her to be successful as she continued to rise up to the VP level was about being visible as a leader.
Another one that she tried to live by was something she learned from her previous VP which was about being brave to hire people that are better and smarter than you.
Don't be afraid of their capabilities because you feel like it's identifying your own weaknesses. That's exactly what you need to do as a leader. You need to identify where the gaps are on the team including your own skill set. They're the ones that can help you fulfill whatever objectives and goals you have.
There are always going to be bigger and more valuable problems to solve that you might be able to solve and if someone better than you can take over your job, that's a great outcome.
Another area she developed was managing people. Your people have personal and professional problems and there's a lot going on in their lives. As a leader, you want to take into consideration their whole world, not just their work world, so that you can really help them be the best version of themselves at work.
When you see potential in somebody but they're not operating at that level, you have to help them and make sure that they're in the right role for them. That's a huge win for them. It's a huge win for you. It's a huge win for the organization.
If you're at an organization that is supporting growth, not just for the people that you're hiring, but also for yourself, take advantage of the people on your team that can do those things better so that it opens up the opportunity for you to focus on other things that maybe you haven't been able to.