All Good Leaders Should “Let Your People Go”

When Moses asked Pharoah to “let his people go,” he definitely had the right idea, but for an entirely different purpose.  I know that this association is pretty weak, but it is my blog and this is what I came up with.  You just have to live with it.  Just kidding!  Entirely confused as to the topic of today’s blog?  Well let me get into it.

It always surprises me when I see managers suffocating their staffs.  By suffocating their staff, I’m referring to leaders who are unwilling to let their employees out of their grips for fear of losing the employee or losing control.  These types of leaders are actually doing the exact opposite of what they are intending to do.  This tight grip and suffocating behavior will reduce performance, squash creativity, and inevitably cause employees to leave.

If leaders hold on to their employees loosely, the employees feel the freedom of the open hands, which ultimately increases their productivity and develops more leaders in return.  This philosophy of encouraging employees to “grow and go” will result in leaders losing some great employees from time to time, but it will be a lot less than if the managers try to control the employees every movement.  The great thing about leading with the open-handed mentality is the fact that those employees lost will always be quickly replenished.

On the other hand, an employer who plants a suffocating scarcity seed won’t reap an abundant harvest.  The employees will never reach their full potential and that means that the overall performance of the group will ultimately suffer. 

It is the scarcity mentality vs. the abundance mentality.  The scarcity mentality says that there is not enough good to go around.  The abundance mentality says that there is more than enough great to go around.  Do you see the difference in the mentalities?  Clearly, adopting the abundance mentality is a much better opeion for everyone involved.

If you are an employer, I would encourage you to open your hands and let your employees grow and develop to their full potential.  Don’t be the one holding them back.

If you are the employee and you find that you are in a suffocated position, I would try to encourage your employer to open their hands.  If that doesn’t work, it may be time “to go and grow.”

Let Go!  Dream big!  Think Bigger!

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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