Successful leaders delegate meaningful responsibility to others and give them the authority to act for themselves in a way that will stretch their capacity and allow them to gain confidence through successes and even learnings through periodic failure. This “empower and coach” principle is one characteristic of a Level 4 leader (John Maxwell).
Harold B. Lee said: “Let [people] do everything within their power, and you stand in the background and teach them how to do it. “…therein is the secret of growth, …[give] responsibility and then teach… how to carry [out] that responsibility. Give them freedom to do their tasks. Never criticize them, but praise success and encourage efforts…”
Successful leaders know the strengths and weaknesses of his or her team, and have developed a culture where having the courage to fail is encouraged and recognized. This environment is where creativity and problem-solving occur at the highest rate. This is the culture where leaders are born and raised. It’s the culture of “multiplication” as described by Liz Wiseman and Greg McKeown in their book Multipliers.
Believe in and trust others to share in the work, to develop themselves, and even to make mistakes while doing it without fear of harsh chastisement. See in them what they can become, not just who they presently are.