There’s the easy path. The do it myself path. The take control path. The do it my way or it’s the highway path.

There’s the lazy path. The look on from the sidelines path. The watch them try path. The cry when they fail and joy when they succeed path.

Between the two, the difficult path.

Balanced between jumping in to impose your will and standing back to let others find their way. The thought process … What am I willing not to do? What can I let go? How can I keep out of the way and let them get on with their job?

What kind of a leader you are is measured by how often you choose the difficult path. Not too hot, not too cold, but just right.

Skippy Strategy: Next time you have the urge to jump in, fight it. Try to find your footing on the difficult path, look for a way not to get involved.