Great people first…

“Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way.”

Ronald Reagan

Notice that the quote doesn’t say “delegate accountability.” You are still responsible and accountable for the results that are created.

But that is why the rest of this quote is so powerful. When you have the right people, they have the right authority, and you have the wisdom not to meddle, that’s when the magic can happen.

It all starts with having great people, nothing else works if you get that part wrong.

Seek accountability…

“People want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and the authority to act on it.”

Howard Schultz

If you are accountable for the problem then you have a responsibility to solve it and the necessary imperative to find a way to get the authority to act on it.

Most people don’t seek accountability, instead they run the other way. To make a difference seek to be accountable, that is what brings responsibility and authority.

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