This is a great thought on how great leaders succeed. Thanks for sharing.
I definitely feel, as a senior-moved-to-non-senior designer, you need to allow that space for team members to find their own way through the processes, make their own connections, and fail with the knowledge that they can be supported through those failures and trusted to learn to improve.
It’s a leader’s prerogative to establish the expected standards and educate their team on how things work currently. But, allowing the space for the team to craft their own process and path is the only true way to achieve success.
Being micro-managed immediately brings a team to a standstill because nobody feels they are trusted — both manager and employee — and the enforcement of immediate, required perfection is intimidating.