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Letting Others Lead

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Guest post by Jason Miner

There is more to being a leader than simply assigning tasks for subordinates and making ruling judgments. A leader relies on his or her own confidence and knowledge in order to accomplish the task at hand. He or she needs to be able to quickly analyze a situation and have the tenacity to complete the project regardless of surrounding situations. The leader needs to be approachable, but command the respect of subordinates. Conversely, a good leader needs to realize when to step back and let others take responsibility. For the benefit of everyone involved and the success of the project, sometimes it is better to for leaders to yield to others. Here are three reasons why stepping back will benefit you in the long run:

  1. Success – A good leader understands what needs to be done in order to succeed in the project at hand. If he or she is unable to accomplish a successful outcome due to insufficient knowledge, then it might be in the best interest of everyone to allow a subordinate to lead the project who does. Delegating a subordinate to take the helm who has more experience in the specific task proves that the leader can see the sum of his or her assets within the organization. You wouldn’t delegate an experienced auto-mechanic to work on domain login authentications if you had an experienced network administrator within the group.
  2. Sacrifice – It may take swallowing of your pride in order to admit to yourself that a subordinate’s skill in a specific area surpasses your own. In order to complete projects in a timely manner while decreasing the chance of failure, stepping aside and delegating the task to this individual will lead to the success of the project. Sacrificing your pride for the good of the whole is one of the reasons why you are the leader.
  3. Experience – While unknown variables happen continuously throughout life, a leader can recognize the difference between being able to overcome an obstacle and not having a clue as to what the next step should be. If a subordinate has handled the situation successfully before, then it stands to reason he or she may have a solution that could benefit the team and the project. Letting someone else take command when you clearly are unable to handle the situation is a lesson in humility and judgment. As long as you’ve learned from the situation, you add yet another piece of knowledge in order to make you a better leader.

Stepping aside to allow a more skilled person take the reins throughout the project doesn’t mean you have failed in anyway. On the contrary, it means you are doing everything you can to make sure the task succeeds. Removing yourself doesn’t have to be a permanent situation as long as you learn from the experience and grow as a leader. Don’t allow your pride to be the downfall of your subordinates, the project, or your own self-worth.

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