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Thursday, July 01, 2010
Here is an interesting quote from Tommy Lasorda, who has worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team for almost 50 years, including a 20-year stint as the team's manager.
The first day he took charge of the team, Tommy said to the press: "I believe managing is like holding a dove in your hand. If you hold it too tightly you kill it, but if you hold it too loosely, you lose it."
Call it Lasorda's law: Being just assertive enough, while not easy for any leader, is one of the most important features of a good one. And it isn't simply a matter of arriving at some correct calibration and then sticking with it. Rather, the best leaders get the balance right on any given day, and in myriad interactions with their followers, peers, and own leaders.