It took Gary Hirshberg, co-founder of organic yogurt company Stonyfield Farm, years to recognize his leadership problem. 

"I was really realizing that I was getting less and less interested in the day to day challenges," Hirshberg explained at a recent leadership forum. "We weren't having the crises that we had had in that early startup. And as you know, crises have a way of keeping you absolutely gripped and absolutely focused." 

And so as Hirshberg's decisions began to feel less dire, he allowed his mind to wander. Before long, he wasn't just daydreaming about other projects, he was pursuing them. "I started dabbling," he said.

He tried his hand at investing, starting a nonprofit and even opening a few restaurants. All the while he was losing his focus at Stonyfield.

"What I really can now see is [these pursuits] logically extended from my own entrepreneurial ADD," Hirshberg said. 

Eventually it dawned on him: he was a creator, not a manager. The CEO role at his own company simply didn't suit him anymore. 

And that was fine, because after Hirshberg acknowledged this, he was able to hire someone who could do the job much better. Today he serves as chairman of Stonyfield. 

"And what I'm trying to do here now is to be an advisor. I'm trying to capitalize on my key role as a strategist. As an idea guy," Hirshberg said. "I see my role very clearly and have been, in fact, dying to be in this role." 

For more on how Hirshberg learned when it was time to let go of complete control, check out the video below.