Is a great leader one who appears helpful but does not allow subordinates to grow
beyond the leader's knowledge or ability?
Is a great leader a person who strives to build subordinates' knowledge
and ability so they could easily assume the leader's position?
Is a great leader someone who tells others what to do?
Do they become so involved inthe team that no decisions can be made without them?
A Crucial Question
If you are in a leadership role, a good question to ask yourself is, what kind of leader do
I want to work for?
Is it someone who helps you develop your skills?
Or, is it someone who doesn't want you to develop further skills?
Is it someone who encourages team members to make decisions weighing the pros and
Or, is it someone who directs team members to come to them with every decision that
needs to be made?
After you determine the answer, ask yourself, are you that kind of leader?
Would you want to work for yourself? When you think back over your careers, who were
the leaders that were great; the ones that brought out the best in people?
I think the answer is obvious.
This inspirational quote
said by Fred A. Manske Jr., summarizes the point:
"The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point that they
eventually surpass him or her in knowledge and ability."
The person who is unselfish in sharing knowledge, who makes a concerted effort to
develop a person's skills to the highest level they desire (recognizing that not everyone
wants to do this), is one who applauds each and every refined or developed ability.
This type of person creates a positive environment; an environment of growth rather
than an environment of stagnation. This is a positive environment that encourages
decisions and if a mistake is made then we learn from the mistake rather than have the
fear of making a mistake. An environment of growth where information is shared,
personal development is encouraged, and discussions occur to help everyone grow and
Do Not Be Discouraged
In some circumstances, however, no matter what role you are in, either as a leader, or
in a subordinate role to a leader, you may have to take responsibility for your own
growth and development.
The point here is that what you are not doing is allowing someone else to determine
If this means, for example, that you have to enroll in a course outside the job, so be it.
After all, at the end of the day, you are ultimately responsible anyway for developing
enhanced or new skills.
In a lot of cases, people often question whether they really have a leader in their current
position. This often means, instead, that the person in charge is more about keeping
control than about helping employees to move further up the food chain.
A Boss, Not A Leader
These types of people, simply put, are not leaders but are bosses. A boss is a person
who has been put in charge; it is a person who sees their role more about keeping
everything the same, maintaining the status quo. This type of person is often concerned
about their own job, their own future rather than anyone else's future. After all, this type
of person sees their role threatened by anyone who shows potential to surpass them.
The overarching mentality of this type of boss is fear for their own job. To them, it is far
safer to keep everyone from expanding their talents because they believe that to
suppress is to guarantee their job.
Remember, however, to believe in yourself,
and be all that you were created to be! You
do not have to nor are you required to stay locked in a position that prevents your
There Are Always Options
There are options that you can put into play to move beyond what someone else may
be preventing you from doing in your current job. These options. . . .
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