I have always been a solo player. I have detested working in a team scenario because I generally have experienced that I am the most driven individual in my sphere.
When I ran my finish carpentry business, I could put two or three trained individuals on a job and I would go do another job on my own. This happened because I figured out that my employees only slowed me down and I could get a house done in half the time that they could and keep all the money and my sanity.
Now it's different. I have been able to surround myself with amazing, capable individuals who are are better at what they do than I am.
The change, however, is difficult. I like getting my hands dirty, and My fingernails are looking pretty clean these days. I find myself administrating and delegating more than ever. The hard part is waiting... Checking the status of a project without micromanaging my creative team into oblivion. Also without just jumping in and taking over. The thoughts of "I could have done that better, and faster" always come around but I am learning to walk away and let the project be figured out. That's how I learned about efficiency of workflow.
The very first upscale finish carpentry job I got was way over my head. I had never done crown molding, or a handrail, or custom milling. Yet I was hired. I worked my ass of for two weeks on this house and made about $12 an hour before purchasing nails and glue and tools that I needed. After these purchases, I am sure I made about $2 an hour. The general contractor liked my work. It was up to snuff.
I was in the middle of something like my tenth job for him and had been doing baseboard for about three days (I was about 1/4 done with the task) and he said, "I could do that in one day." I was dumbfounded. I thought "No way." So I challenged him. He showed me, and won. I tried to teach this method to all of my employees after that, but no one would learn it. I couldn't believe it. I was showing them how to go from $20 an hour to $100+ while improving your quality!
I don't have that now. I have been lucky to be surrounded by people who care about innovation and efficiency and quality as much as I do.
So as hard as it is to do, I am trusting and watching, and letting people learn in much the way that my boss did for me.