Over the past months, we’ve gone deep into three out of the five fundamentals of exemplary leadership as discussed in Kouzes and Posner’s Learning Leadership book:
Something common to all three of them is about the focus on you as the leader. But thefourth fundamental is different: Engage Support! It’s all about the importance of the people around you.
Many, many times people will tell leaders, “Wow, you are lucky, you really have a great team.” Only leaders know they weren’t that great when they started! A great leader loves people, develops people, empowers people, and helps them grow to their greatest potential. Yes, they turn into a great team, but they don’t start that way!
The truth is, if you want to be a really excellent leader, you can’t do it alone. Here’s why other people are important in your leadership path:
You can be a great person individually, but becoming a great leader involves developing a team to make the journey with you. You can’t do it alone, and that’s why ‘engaging support’ is a leadership fundamental.
Next week: some exciting ways you can engage support. Let me know your thoughts: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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