Most of these “Leadership Proverbs” I’ve just picked up, absorbed and imbibed by some process of osmosis along the way and don’t know exactly whom they originated from. But when I know I’ll make reference, and when I don’t it’s not that I’m ungrateful or that I want to appear like a genius. It’s genuinely that I can’t remember. So if I’ve flogged something from you let me know and I’ll happily acknowledge it.
Anything worth doing is worth doing badly
The things you do and the things you are responsible for are important, otherwise why would you waste your time doing them? They matter and they need to be done well. And at the same time one of your jobs as a leader is to train and raise up new leaders who can take on those important tasks and free you up to focus on other areas or to develop new important tasks.
The trouble is often these two agendas clash. Training someone up means, almost by definition, that they won’t be that good at it to begin with. And most likely not as good at it as you are.