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Give Control

Leadership NudgeTM – Give Control

For years we have been taught that Leaders take control and inspire followers. Many books, movies, and other cultural examples present leaders as people that tell others what to do and solve everyone’s problems. However, giving control and creating more leaders are what true leaders do. Giving control is the hard part, but that’s not how leadership is generally portrayed.

If you have been a Leadership Nudge Enrollee for any period of time you are aware that we encourage leaders to practice giving away control. Maybe you remember our challenge to allow someone else to order your coffee. Or maybe you remember Robert Stephens, the founder of Geek Squad, challenging us to allow the waiter to pick our meal.

We have received consistent feedback from Leadership Nudge Enrollees that those challenges might be too easy for some. So here is a new and more difficult challenge.

My leadership nudge to you this week is this:

Find Something that you struggle giving up control of and just do it. Maybe, like Andy, you also struggle with giving up the driver’s seat or the remote control. Whatever your challenge is, just do it and . . .

Let us know how it goes!

Enroll for the Leadership Nudge – www.davidmarquet.com


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