Leadership requires you to see the greatness in others and support them until their total abilities are unleashed. This is not easy and is often thankless work. That said, the moment you see another at their fullest potential is indescribable and deeply rewarding.
Ten practices for you to create great leaders:
1. Set a high bar and provide situations and opportunities for people to reach it.
2. Collaborate with you team. Define clear goals and expected outcomes and then get out of the way; don’t get involved with the how.
3. Develop critical thinking skills in others.
4. Trust. Let go of the need to give advice or add their input and trust others to take it from concept to results.
5. Focus on success. Don’t pick at mistakes or problems. Keep planning to move an idea forward.
6. Provide clear parameters and expectations to achieve results and make good decisions.
7. Ask questions to help others grow their thinking and capacity.
8. Create an environment of success where the company is achieving, the customers are happy, and the people are growing.
9. Encourage your team to share insights that create full-bodied, fresh and workable plans, solutions, or approaches.
10. Cultivate an environment where learning and growth is expected.
Use these practices to develop leaders and grow a strong future.
“The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born — that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth asserts that people simply either have certain charismatic qualities or not. That’s nonsense; in fact, the opposite is true. Leaders are made rather than born.”
Warren G. Bennis