“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.” Tom Peters
A great leader is someone who develops the next generation of leaders. Do you discover the potential leaders on your team?
Ralph Nader said, “The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
The purpose of leadership today is to help unlock the abilities of everyone who can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
How can we as leaders help people grow and develop to the next level? Development helps to nurture the garden of people in our organization.
As leaders we have to ask ourselves, “Is anyone better because of the value we added to their potential?” That’s the question that every leader needs to reflect upon at the end of the day.
The joy of dedicating your time and efforts to help another person succeed is the leader foremost responsibility.
Let’s think of the three levels of developing the potential leaders on our team:
Remember as a leader who wants to foster a motivating environment, you have to create an environment of partnership and shared leadership. People like to be part of a big cause that rallies everyone on the team. The days of one person navigating the ship are long gone.
Everyone plays a role in the organization success. It’s up to the leader to find the true partnerships to accelerate the growth of the people on their team. When a group of people work together to achieve a common goal, the journey is worthwhile for everyone. Invite people to the journey of better leadership.
Embrace Dialogue on challenging issues
As we develop leaders, we need to confront the truth together with others. We must have an intense dialogue to confront and seek answers together as a team of leaders. We don’t always have the best answer and we need to look for ways to involve others to share their point of view. The whole is always better than its parts as the saying goes.
Challenge the status quo together
Once we have the partnership and the dialogue, we are ready to tackle the issues of the day. Why is challenging the status quo part of the leadership development? Many leaders today are frustrated because they find themselves alone at the top without realizing how to develop people to join them in wrestling with the big issues of the day.
As a leader, we need to embrace and expose potential leaders to the same issues and headaches we face on a daily basis. Some will argue that not everyone can man up to the task, but we learned from our experience that we needed to step into the fire without knowing or having the answers to every problem. we developed through those experiences that made us better leaders.