Delegation is at the heart of effective leadership, but it's all too easy to persuade yourself to hang on to pet projects or to micromanage subordinates, writes Mary Jo Asmus. It's important to recognize and reject the excuses you tell yourself to avoid delegation, because only then can you get on with the more important task of leading others. "With your head in the weeds, how can you lift yourself up and begin to set a vision, influence others and be an agent of change ...?" Asmus writes.

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