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You Can Control, And You Can Lead, But You Can’t Do Both

Source | www.forbes.com | Dave Richards

Do you believe that being in charge means you are in control? If you find yourself frustrated about losing power in situations, it’s because leadership is not about taking control; it’s about influence.

The best leaders know that their role is not to dictate, but to inspire and motivate others to act. When you surrender control, you invite people to discover their potential. You create a culture where your team looks to go above and beyond, not just do the minimum to meet your demand. You will draw out a culture of communication that fosters and encourages innovation.

However, if you fear that creativity and collaboration are a recipe for chaos, then you need to revisit why you chose to become a leader in the first place. Real leaders don’t take on leadership roles to be in control of people or command them; the best leaders know that leadership is a privilege. The most influential leaders in history didn’t achieve greatness with whips and force. The masses followed them because of their enormous influence. As the African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

What You Do Have Control Over

As a leader, there are things you can control. In fact, you must if you want to be a better leader:

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