“Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” –John C. Maxwell
“Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” –Publilius Syrus
“A great person attracts great people and knows how to hold them together.”
–Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
“Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it is a takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them.” –Diogenes of Sinope
How much time do we spend reading best practices and reflecting on being a good leader? Are we intentional with our teams, really making sure that they are valued members of the organization? Do we “see” them and “listen” when they speak? Do they know we care?
I believe effective leaders have an innate ability to see problems as opportunities and challenges as growth moments. However, it has been my experience as an educational leader and professional development coach, that sometimes a person may have leadership tendencies, but due to a lack of development or vision, these missed leadership opportunities are manifested in behaviors that can often be viewed as negative or argumentative in the workplace.
I encourage taking time to draft a thought out strategic plan for professional development incorporating reflective practices (Maxine Greene) for not only individual employees but “team” strategic thinking. Create opportunities for various team members to lead. Exhale and enjoy watching the leadership blossom and come to fruition among those that may not have even seen the leadership potential within themselves.
Good leaders develop leaders, not followers and create opportunities for many voices to come together to create unified vision and positive synergy for future growth and development among the team and organization.
When we train our eyes and ears to see and hear the good, culture transformation can occur within any organization!
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things-