Great leaders create a climate where potential leaders grow and thrive! Have you ever been on a team or in a department where you wanted to bring your best every day? Have you had a job where you just endured every day? Most of us have had both experiences, but we may not be aware of the reason for the difference. When you understand, you can create the environment where you lead.
Some environments are like a greenhouse for young potential leaders while others are like the south pole.
Anyone can tell you the temperature in a team. Leaders change it!
Here are the first 3 steps to create a Climate to Develop Potential Leaders…
- Model the Leadership you want,
- Believe in the potential leader,
- Focus on the potential leader’s desires and needs.
“Example is not the main thing in influencing others… it is the only thing.” Albert Schweitzer
The opposite says, “Do as I say, not as I do!” As you know, no one is going to follow that leader a day longer than they have to.
What’s your picture of the ideal team member? Great attitude, punctual, dress well, kind to everyone, always learning, thinking about the needs of the team before their own, helping other team members, not talking about them behind their back and doing whatever it takes to get the job done and being honest. Make your own list… More importantly – be the change you wish to see in your team.
Believe in the people
“It’s wonderful when the people believe in the leader. It’s more wonderful when the leader believes in the people.” John Maxwell
This may be challenging, but it will create an immediate change in your environment. CAUTION! Be sincere or it will be the most damaging thing you have ever done. You remember American Idol, right? Some of those contestants had been lied to before they got there. Lying to is not believing in. Keep it real by finding one thing they do really well and celebrate it. Find something they can improve and express your confidence in them to improve it. Help them find the way forward and feel your belief in them to do it.
People are like goldmines. You have to move tons of dirt to find ounces of gold. And it’s worth it!
Focus on the potential leader’s desires/needs
Maybe they want to further their education. Maybe they want to move up in the company. How can what the business needs support what they desire? David Marquet, a submarine commander, in his book, Turn the Ship Around, tells about getting a man off the sub on the other side of the world so he could catch a plane and be home for the birth of his baby. That is focus on the desires of the team members.