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Those in positions of power must be very careful in how they exercise their influence. In the workplace, as in a home, there is a thin line to navigate. We see this clearly when it comes to a matter of utmost importance: division of labor.

For a leader, the path towards success necessitates an increase the number of conduits you employ. You’ve heard it before: teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect. Every team needs a captain that can rightly judge what roles are needed and who’d be the best to fill them. This is the power of delegation. But this can easily become a sore spot when it isn’t introduced and maintained in proper perspective.

Delegate the tasks you have to, not what you feel is beneath your pay grade.

By separating yourself on that scale, you diminish the value of those colleagues and hinder a balanced work relationship. When you demean, you inevitably divide. The key for anyone on a higher rung is to mitigate a palpable perception of whatever gap exists, in deed or title. Due clarity should not be tainted with arrogance. The respect should be mutual, at the very least. (I believe you should treat those entrusted to your care and watch with as much grace as the stern truth will allow.)

A favorite proverb of mine, via author Robin Jones Gunn, posits: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” The benefit lies in the exchange, in the investment. When the vision is in alignment, you reap the greatest return. When it is warped, you goals gradually deteriorate until they disappear altogether. An end is nothing without the means. It actually ceases to exist without the ability to execute. Consider that when you treat someone as just a “means to an end”.

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