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Andy Stern is president of the two-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America.

Not an easy time to 'help'

In general, this is a doomed or at least a difficult strategy. When a leader is challenged by his own performance or when his leadership is being questioned from the outside is not an easy time to offer "help."

That is not to say intervention is not needed or warranted, merely that it will be difficult to add value under the circumstances. However, strong leaders bent on maximizing performance may grudgingly or even enthusiastically accept help -- and, after a short period of adjustment, they may even appreciate the help.

So leaders should not self-regulate or not intervene, because if your judgment is it is necessary to strip responsibility, then just do it! But be mindful it is not a sure play.

By Andy Stern

 |  October 26, 2009; 4:00 PM ET
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