The superintendent of a local school district runs this general philosophy for employees:
Go for it. I trust you. Don't screw it up.
Inspiration. Empowerment. Accountability.
It's so simple and yet so profound - I keep thinking about it.
Two of three seems pretty doable - but getting all three takes more effort. .
Sometimes I can be an inspiring, empowering person who can't make the hard decision that something or someone actually isn't working.
Sometimes I give power and wait for someone to screw up without the inspiration or vision behind it.
Sometimes I'll give a great speech for a great vision and wait for someone to screw up without handing over the freedom and power for them to actually do it.
This applies to so many areas of life.