What a fun way to look at leadership lessons.
We say that it takes a village to raise a child, we can say the same about an organization. How much more successful will we be if we capitalize on the strengths that individuals throughout our organization possess?
Each and every one of us has the opportunity to influence others. On the flip side, we are also being influenced by others. Awareness of this influence allows us to have a positive impact on the lives and work of those around us. It also protects us from blindly allowing others to influence us without evaluating their motives.
Jack Welch reminded us that, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Encouraging and facilitating leadership development at every level of an organization is crucial to continued success. As leaders, we can help to develop the next generation of leaders by providing employees with the opportunity to share their knowledge, skills, and experience while taking on increasing responsibility. The modern-day organization should encourage the development of a culture that does not rely on a single leader, but shares the leadership responsibility throughout the organization. This leads to an improvement in decision quality, acceptance of change, and greater job satisfaction as well as allowing individuals to develop the leadership skills the organization will need in the future.