by Deep Patel
Originally published: March 21, 2017
If you’re young and find yourself in a position of leadership, you’re immediately confronted with a wide range of challenges. There is the question of respect: "You're new, so why should I respect you?" There is the question of habits: "How do you know the right way of doing things?" And most crucially, there is the question of responsibility.
Anyone thrust into a leadership position will feel compelled to take on more than they can realistically handle. After all, that's the easiest way to prove that you not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. You tend to say yes to anything that comes your way, because you want to prove your competency.
Many young aspiring leaders struggle with delegation. They struggle to do the opposite of what they feel they must do, which is prove how much they can execute. They struggle to take a step back and think about how they can make effective use of the talented people around them, instead of always being immersed in the work themselves.