"Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue."
This is a gem of management wisdom. Try it out next time you are in a position of responsibility. Underlying this passage is the principle of being open. By leading without trying to take credit, predict an outcome, or micromanage, you open the door to new ideas, flexibility, and even serendipity. What you can ultimately gain from this type of leadership outweighs the small upfront challenge of releasing your tight grip on the reins.