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The most common problem I’ve seen in leaders, especially those of many years, is acknowledging what they don’t know, or what they don’t know as well as those below them. Because someone was a street cop twenty years ago, its hard for them to speak on the same level to current experienced street cops without losing credibility. Good leaders need to acknowledge that the people below them may be more informed and have a better grasp of current job specific issues than them. When a person is promoted, and their operational span expands, its important to remember that before changing job specific tasks, they should bring about some consensus through collaborative decision making and receive some “buy in” from staff.