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On John C. Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
Law # 12 The Law of Empowerment, Only Secured Leaders Give Power to Others.

Law # 12 is the law that really helped me to become more comfortable with how I empower others around me now. Although I never thought of myself as being insecure, it was difficult for me to give others responsibility to do tasks that I wanted done to certain standards.

One quote in the book by Theodore Roosevelt asserted that “[t]he best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” My problem, I did not have the self-restraint to not meddle in the way a person handles their assignment. I spent so much time leading the results that I might as well have completed the assignment myself.

Looking back at that kind of leadership style resulted in two other thing happening. It was not a wise investment in my time or the other person’s time and it did not add value to the other person either. Think what kind of time I could have saved myself if I had given employees goals/responsibilities, the resources they need and the training and retraining they needed until they accomplished the goal and met the standards I had hoped for. Somewhere in the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership I remember reading, if someone else can do an assignment at 80% of the standard that you can do the assignment, free up that much time for yourself by allowing them to do that assignment. I am now living that law by adding value to others by giving them what they need to succeed in accomplishing goals and meeting responsibilities, while enjoying the valuable time I saved for myself.

~Life Coach Lily