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Every leader struggles with delegation; how much to
delegate? How important should the tasks that are
delegated be? How do we know when someone
is "ready" for the next level of accountability? Is
there a balance between micro-managing and
This points to the differences between management
and leadership. Consider "the paradox of letting go"
from Lao Tzu. This philosophy says "when I let go
of what I am I become what I might be".
When I give up trying to be in control (management),
I have greater influence (leadership). When I let go
of my fear of failure (management), I am stronger
(leadership). When I stop dictating to my team
(management), I allow them to show me their
capabilities (leadership). What I learn by trying to
control others is that my team can follow
instructions; what I never learn is the potential
waiting inside them. Management is about
power, leadership is about liberation. In the
moments of greatest desire to control, consider
letting go. You will be pleasantly surprised by the