The Coates Perspective for February 11, 2013
“Steering Organizations To New Horizons.”
Good Leaders Attract Good People
There is a natural principle in leadership every leader needs to be aware: “People who are like me will follow me.” Call it familiar, or call it an attraction, the principle is good leaders attract good people. One of the greatest achievements a good leader can accomplish is when he or she is surrounded by good people.
Of course, the reverse is true. Bad leaders tend to attract bad people. Inexperienced leaders attract inexperienced people. Uninspiring leaders attract uninspired followers. Leaders, who have no vision, attract those who have no vision either. Leaders who are self-absorbed gather other self-absorbed people too. Leaders, who do not work well in teams, find people who are just like them. You get the point.
What is the lesson we gain? As leaders, we have the great responsibility to lead and to lead well. If we want to get “good enough” in order to get good people to follow us, we’ve got to begin to create some good habits. Like it or not, people are going to follow us. The challenge is what kind of people will be following us? Chances are, they will be like us.
Here is the take-a-way for the leader who desires to attract good people. How is it done? What does a leader have to do in order to attract good people? Here are a few suggestions:
1. You’ve got to grow: Are you growing as a leader? If you are, growing people will be attracted to you.
2. You’ve got to be passionate: Are you a passionate leader? If this describes who you are, then you will draw passionate people who will come and join your passion too.
3. You’ve got to care about other people: Are you investing in your team and empowering them to be better? If this is true, you will attract a team who will exceed your expectations and care for you.
You’ve read my perspective. Now, I’d love to hear yours. What are you thinking? What kind of personalities do you attract in your organization?
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