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  1. Buddhists describe our habit of holding on to everything as 'attachment'. It’s true that letting go is never an easy thing to do. Whether that’s in everyday life, or in business. We can find it hard to move on. In addition, I think that we're always looking for ways to gain more control over our lives, and to cling onto that control. But this can be detrimental - especially in business. Understanding how to let go a little is one of the most important lessons I've learned. It’s transformed me from a manager into a leader, and enabled me to focus on what is really important for me professionally. Keeping focused What do I mean by 'letting go'? First of all, it doesn’t mean taking my foot off the pedal, losing focus or avoiding responsibility. It’s actually the complete opposite –and instead consciously letting go of the things that aren’t contributing real value to my everyday work. This enables me to concentrate more fully on the things that do add value. The beauty of this is that, today, I'm actually more focused, driven and clear about my responsibilities than before. And secondly, it’s helped me to lead better. The transition into leading others is often difficult. As we move up the ladder within an organisation, we often carry the responsibilities we had in our previous role with us. We can find them hard to let go of and we can find ourselves clinging to them in our new role too. The things we used to do and be responsible for give us comfort and a sense of safety. But moving forward they weigh us down and take up too much time. Learning to trust This brings me to what practical strategies we can put in place to avoid becoming attached to things that don't help us professionally? How can we learn to let go at work? One of the most important skills is learning how to delegate and avoiding getting involved in everything. As a leader, it's tempting to micromanage, but it’s rarely productive. A good team, who all understand what is expected of them, you can trust them to do their job properly. The benefits are two-fold: taking the burden off you, and empowering others to take on responsibility. The best way to make delegation easy is to hire people who are better than you. Realising that you can't do something as well as someone else is tough, but very useful in letting go. Trust me, you’ll be a better leader for it. I’ve also learned that it’s important to think about why you're still holding on to old responsibilities. Be prepared to do some really tough self-reflection - find out exactly what is holding you back. Is it self-belief? Do you worry that you aren’t cut out for your new role? Are you trying to impress people, or define yourself by how others see you? Or, are you afraid of failure? We’ve all encountered these feelings at some point. But, the only failure you need to really fear is the failure of letting go of the things you don’t need any more. About Rob Weider Rob Weider is Head of Sales and Marketing for a global supply chain and quality assurance business. He is also providing strategy and management training to a non-profit organization in Hong Kong. Rob Weider has experience with a range of organisations including Siemens, Molten Group and Cathay Pacific (CX). For enquiries you can contact Rob here.