As leaders, one of our central responsibilities is to develop the capacities of those on our team.
Put another way, our job is to make more leaders.
How then, do you make more leaders?
It may be easier to answer in the negative.
You don't make more leaders by withholding information.
You don't make more leaders by limiting opportunity.
You don't make more leaders by hoarding praise.
You don't make more leaders by delegating tasks.
So then, give away more information, more opportunity, more praise, and more authority (rather than just tasks).
Of course, this too is a dangerous game and not everyone is capable of handling more. Part of leadership is the discernment of who to invest in. But the systemic risk of withholding all of information, opportunity, praise and authority is far greater than the specific risk of it being mishandled.
Give away more.
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