Model Leaders

Every organization has a small handful of model leaders that exemplify what it means to lead well. They have the right skill set, they’re admired by others, they handle situations with maturity and wisdom. They are the one’s you wish you could replicate over and over.

Odds are those model leaders didn’t learn their leadership acumen from your organization’s quarterly four-hour turbo training. (Sorry to be the one to break the news to you).

While they may have enjoyed it or appreciated it, that’s not where they gained the leadership character and competency that’s so evident today.

If you would ask them (and I would encourage you to do so), you will likely find they attribute their development to one of two things. 1). An individual who believed in them and poured into them over an extended period of time. 2). An opportunity they had to lead that stretched them.

Isn’t that true of most of us? You don’t have to stop offering your quarterly turbo training. But I would certainly entertain the ideas of 1). having your existing leaders pour into your potential leaders over a period of time. 2) Giving potential leaders stretch assignments that will challenge them to grow.

When you do you’ll find more model leaders emerging within your organization.