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The Wisdom of Failure: How to Learn the Tough Leadership Lessons Without Paying the Price by Jim McConoughey, Laurence G. Weinzimmer

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EIGHT

Standing in the Way

Hoarding Power and Responsibility

Figuratively, her eyes are burning a hole in the back of his head. Literally, he can feel the warmth of her breath on the nape of his neck. It’s an all-too-familiar scenario. She is standing over her subordinate’s shoulder, again, watching every move he makes. She can’t trust him with any semblance of responsibility. She can’t trust anyone. She is so consumed with controlling everything that not only does she ineffectively allocate her own time, but she also gets in the way of her employees. She hoards everything—information, authority, power, control, credit—to such an extreme that her employees become dependent on her for everything. Not only are they stripped of the ability to effectively ...

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