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10-80-10 Leadership Principle

The 10-80-10 Principle is one of the best ways for visionaries and strategic leaders to delegate.

Here it is. For any big project, divide the entire 100% process into three sections: (10-80-10) Pour yourself, the leader, into the first 10% in order to get the project started on the right track. Then hand off the middle 80% to the team of integrators. After the team has taken the project almost to completion, dive back in again and help with the final 10%.

A similar process to piloting a plane. The crucial parts of the flight are the takeoff and landing. They’re the most dangerous, and the most complicated.

What You Provide Your Team For The First 10%


Share with the team what exactly you want the outcome to be. Use this time to make sure you’re on the same page and have the same goal.


Focus on 3-5 simple objectives. Make them visual and SMART:

  • Specific

  • Measurable

  • Attainable

  • Relevant

  • Time-based


Each person needs to know their position and responsibility.


What specific resources will they need two hit their objective?