There are two types leaders.
Those who attract followers or those who attract leaders.
Talent is the natural part of leadership. You can buy talent, but you can’t buy chemistry. Getting great talent to buy into the goal, the win, the team, the organization is vital. So how do you do that?
Philippians 2:3-4 talks about always being aware of recognizing and promoting the gifts in a person. Your job as a leader is to see the unique and best qualities of each person and work towards developing that gift, setting people up to win using their unique gift, and allowing them to soar.
People who only know how to train followers will only grow based on their limited ability to supervise or manage those who they lead.
So how do you know if you are developing leaders who attract leaders or followers?
- Leaders who attract followers tend to:
Fear empowering others
Wait for approval or direction
Need high touch management
Desire disproportionate recognition for ordinary accomplishments
Focus on the weaknesses of others
Identify problems without solutions
Experience moderate success in most things
Make fear-based decisions
Leaders that attract other leaders are selfless and recognize the power of unbelievable teams. These type of leaders move from being players to coaches to general managers to owners.
Leaders who attract leaders also grow beyond their ability and create amazing cultures for advancement and development.
- Leaders who attract leaders tend to:
Find ways to improve ‘things’ without being asked
Always looking for opportunities to grow
Want people around them that know more and are smarter than they are
Give recognition away as fast as possible
Are extremely self-aware
Focus on the strengths of their teams
Tend to be low maintenance
Know how to bring people together
Experience success in almost everything they do
Finally, as a leader, you are always either replicating or reproducing.
A leader who replicates themselves in others mirrors the gifts in their life, but also the weaknesses.
When a leader reproduces themselves, they deposit the best parts of themselves into others and allow the gifts and weaknesses in the developing leader a chance to be seen and amplified.
What type of leader are you choosing to be?