Good leaders let people get on with it… bad leaders like to ‘shake the pan’.
Watch any cookery show and you’ll see a lot of this; the cook is vigorously stirring their dish and looking like they need to keep the food moving about in the pan. Well, while this is more fun to watch, it’s apparently not always the best way to cook… and is often only there as it’s been requested by the programme producer.
To top chefs, learning when to leave food alone, when to resist the temptation to flip the steak is as important as learning when to manipulate it.
It’s the same for leaders. Great leaders know when to stir things up and when to let it simmer, or when to get involved and when to step away and let their people get on with it.