Confession time!

I am a control freak. And my need for control is controlling ME. I don't think that's how it's supposed to work :P

I attended a wonderful elementary school. They enrolled me in "split classes" (that is, Grades 4 and 5 inhabit the same learning space, and Grade 4 is taught a concept while Grade 5 studies / works on a project / does homework. Then the process is reversed). This was a great experience, as it taught me how to be a self-starter and how to buckle down and get things done without letting distractions get in my way.

What I never learned was how to motivate others. I'm a poor delegator because I'd rather just do everything myself. But sometimes that's not possible, desirable or the best use of the talent pool available to me.

So my question is this - how can I teach myself to let go and allow other people to step up and shine? Is this something you're born with, or a skill you can acquire with effort? Thanks in advance for any guidance you may be able to offer.