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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Bullock

The Dichotomy of Leadership

“When a leader takes too much ownership, there is no ownership left for the team or subordinate leaders to take. So the team loses initiative, they lose momentum, they won't make any decision, they just sit around and wait to be told what to do.”

The book dives deep into finding balance between the opposing forces that pull every leader in different directions: when to lead and when to follow; when to aggressively manoeuvre and when to pause and let things develop, etc.


1. You should take ownership of everything that impacts your team's mission, yet you need to leverage decentralize command by giving ownership to your team members.

2. You need to care deeply about your people and their individual success, yet you need to look out for the good of the overall team.

3. Try to show humility, but also be willing to speak up and push back against questionable decisions that could hurt the team and the mission.

READ IF: You have already realized that being an effective leader is a combination of art and science, and that there are lots of complex situations that you need to be able to manage.


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