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Effective leaders know that asking someone to do something they wouldn’t do is perfectly sound leadership. Of course leaders shouldn’t treat people like the hired help so they don’t have to get their hands dirty, but they shouldn’t assume that just because a task is aversive to them, that it is aversive to everyone. Asking a detail-oriented person to handle the details that drive another teammate crazy is just smart delegation. Asking a teammate to come in on an extra day to finish a project might actually make them feel appreciated if they have been waiting to be asked to help. Great leaders know their team enough to know when they have asked too much without assuming based on their own preference.

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