Leaders Create Other Leaders

There is one trait that all the top leaders share — regardless of the place they operate or work in. It’s their ability to cultivate and bring out the leadership qualities of those they work with.

Leaders understand the difference between creating followers, and other leaders. They know, sometimes instinctively, that if you want to build a truly great team you aren’t going to get there if there is only one boss and everyone else just waits around for the tasks to come down from the top. If other members of the team aren’t empowered, and given enough training and trusted with enough confidence to make decisions, there are going to be problems and ultimately the team’s ability to grow in a healthy manner is going to be stifled.

I love what Pastor, and Leadership expert, Craig Groeschel has to say about developing other leaders, “If you delegate tasks, you create followers. If you delegate authority, you create leaders.”

Let’s explore a few of the reasons why developing other leaders is so vitally important:

1. If you don’t delegate authority, and allow others to grow to the best of their abilities in the organization you will end up losing them to other opportunities that will come their way. Everyone has the right to grow and move up in responsibility according to their own talent and ability. Notice, I didn’t say according to seniority, or anything that isn’t related to a person’s merit. That said, if you have a highly talented person on your team, and you’re doing anything other than helping them to develop and grow into greater opportunity than you’re not just shorting that person, but you are likely holding the betterment of the entire team back too. Help others grow into their own leadership abilities, regardless of if that ultimately means they will leave you for bigger opportunities or not. If you are someone that truly wants to see others become the best they can be then you will never want or need for others that want to join you and fill the positions that need filling in order to accomplish what needs accomplishing.

A great example of this is Coach Nick Saban, who at the time of this writing has won 6 National Championships, five of them as the head coach of the University of Alabama. While he has many leadership qualities, one that I don’t think is given near enough reflection is his ability to develop other leaders. You can look across the landscape of both college and professional football and see how far his legacy of developing the best in others stretches. There are countless people who have worked under him that are now head coaches themselves. Players who have played for him have gone on to have incredible professional careers, and those who didn’t play professionally are doing great things in other professions.

Certainly Coach Saban is at the top of the leadership development game, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it isn’t just as important for you to aspire too as well. Look at any other industry and you will see that it’s also filled with examples of great leaders that came from the leadership tree of those before them.

Look at Jack Welch, former CEO of GE (General Electric), or Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist, a true leader in the American steel industry. Look around you, in your own organization, you don’t have to go far to see where people grew under the leadership of others who took their own role of leaving a legacy of leadership seriously.

Never operate under the fear that someone currently working with you will outgrow you. This short sighted approach will ultimately end up hindering your own growth. Instead, continually be looking for genuine opportunities to celebrate the wins of those you work with. Take seriously your responsibility to develop others into the best leaders they can be.

2. Never, never, ever forget that leadership doesn’t equate to a position or title. A lot of people think they are bestowed leadership when they move into management, or gain some sort of authority in their job. This is simply not true. Leadership has been aptly defined as “influence.” You can gain influence among your peers regardless of position. For this reason, it’s very important that you study, apply, and take your own leadership seriously, everyday, regardless of where you happen to fall in the Org chart at the moment. The best leaders have the respect of their peers and end up seen as having authority regardless of their job title. If you can live your life according to this truth there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG
Josh Hinds

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Ideas are a dime a dozen. It’s your ability to execute that makes the difference

The world is filled with amazing ideas that have the ability to transform the lives of others, as well as those who came up with them, yet, in many cases never see the light of day. Ideas, whether we choose to accept it or not, are not rare. What is rare, are people’s willingness to take their great idea, develop a plan for accomplishing them, and ultimately executing on them to the point where they become a reality. Make no mistake, that’s the difference maker.

If you can become a person that executes effectively on your ideas, you will see tremendous opportunities flow into your life. Those with resources, and ideas seek out people with this skill set, and are willing to reward those who have it. If this isn’t something that comes easily to you I strongly encourage you to develop this characteristic.

How to become a “make things happen” person

The first step is to develop the habit of seeing things through. Instead of letting things run through your mind and never doing much beyond that, begin to act on your thoughts. If you feel you should exercise more. Do so. You don’t have to become a marathon runner overnight. Maybe it’s just a walk you go on, or some other form of light exercise.

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Live Your Life With Margin

Stones balancing outdoorsFor our purposes we’ll define margin as anything that’s left after all expenses or costs are deducted.

The natural inclination is to think of margin in strictly monetary terms, but I believe that’s too small a box to put it in. It should also apply to other areas of our life, such as — the way we manage our time, relationships, even our careers and professional lives, among other things.

Sadly, I don’t think most people take the importance of having margin in their lives seriously enough. The benefits are far reaching.

The key to living your life with ample margin really all comes down to the choices you and I make. It gets down to how intentional we are in the way we live our lives.

The Case for Margin

When you have extra left over, and you haven’t spent it all — in any area of your life you have a certain freedom that those without margin typically don’t have. I realize that some folks reading this aren’t going to agree with that. That said, I often find that those who don’t, are those who typically don’t have any margin in their own lives. To that, I’d suggest not knocking it till you try it 🙂

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Success Doesn’t Always Look Like You Think It’s Going to

It had finally happened. I was staring at a book sitting on the shelf of my local Barnes and Noble. Many times before I had seen a friend or colleagues book in that same spot and thought to myself, “one day that will be me.” This time, it was the book I’d written, It’s Your Life, LIVE BIG. I can’t really express the pride and joy I felt in that moment.

It was like the well over a decade’s effort I had put in had finally come to fruition. It wasn’t just one thing I did that got me to that point. It was a combination of years of writing, sharing, and building the community I had started many years before. Like most “big goals”, my wanting to become a “traditionally” published author grew overtime.

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Productivity Follows Action Every Time

To do list for productivityThe difference between productivity and procrastination is found in the ability to take the first step in the direction you want to go. This sounds obvious enough, but people often get this mixed up when it comes to productivity. It’s like they think there’s some magic key that opens this super productive lifestyle. In reality, it’s something that’s built up over time.

Think of it like a muscle you build up over time by using it. In short, if you want to get more done, do the small things, build up to a place where you work on the bigger ones, as you tackle those you will grow into a person of action, and in doing so you’ll see procrastination show up less and less.

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