The Coates Perspective for January 29, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
A Quality Leader is a Growing Leader
It has been said that when a person, especially a leader, stops growing, he or she is dying. If this sounds too dramatic for your taste, consider the consequences if I am correct. Leadership, good and bad, always impacts not only the leader but other people as well. If we are growing as leaders, then most likely, those under us will be growing as well. However, if we are stagnant and have not been pressed to grow, chances are those whom we serve will be stagnant as well. There are few sadder things to behold than to gaze at an organization that was once great but has fallen off its perch into ruin.
In Jim Collin’s foundational study on organizational health, “Good to Great,” he had a list of companies that had gone from “good to great.” One of those “great” companies was the now bankrupt Circuit City. What is the bottom line lesson for any leader? If we lose our focus and quit growing, we will eventually join the other Circuit Cities into the scrapheap of failed leadership. John Maxwell says it so well when he states in his book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, “Leadership ability is always the lid on personal and organizational effectiveness. If a person’s leadership is strong, the organization’s lid is high. But if it’s not, then the organization is limited.”
Let’s put it another way: are you hindering anyone in his or her own development as a leader because of your lack of ability?
So here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to grow and keep on growing. How is it done? What does a Quality Leader have to do in order to increase his or her leadership ability and stay sharp and grow? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Read, read, read every good book you can get on personal and organizational leadership. Don’t read the books from the guys who are writing about an abstract theory they have never experienced. Read the leaders who have experienced growth!
2. Surround yourself with people who are a whole lot smarter than you are. No one, especially you, has all of the answers. Get a team around you who can compensate for your weak areas.
3. Stay humble and teachable. The best leaders know this to be true: “The more I learn, the less I know.” Never stop learning!
If you need help working through the process consider using the resources at Coates and Associates, Inc. We would consider it an honor to visit with you about developing a process forward.