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Following vs. Leading

Last night I was reading an interview with Ken Kendrick, the owner of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was asked "What is the hardest thing about being a leader?" His reply was, "Understanding when to follow and not lead." That is absolutely the best answer I have ever heard to that question, and is something that I suspect every manager (definitely including me) struggles with on an almost daily basis.

Managers who are reading this...what are your thoughts? What do you think about what Ken Kendrick said?

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