“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”
I have found my best days are when I am able to teach a team member to do something better or solve a problem. Or when I can teach a client something that will help them for the rest of their life. I love when someone ‘gets it’, you can almost see their brain ‘click’.
I have been studying the Strengths-Based books for next week’s posts. Tom Rath describes the difference, statistically, between a leader that is focused on his team’s strengths, focused on his team’s weaknesses, and not focused on his team at all. There are huge differences between those three approaches and I will go into more detail next week.
One of the worst things you can do to a team member is ignore their development, or stop focusing on them. According to Colin Powell, when your team stops coming to you for help, you have failed them. Once you stop trying to train them, it’s only a matter of time before they leave or they bring your culture down.
And that is your fault as the leader. I know, I let that happen, more than once, and it was ugly.
But that’s a story (or two) for another day.
How can you be better at teaching those you lead?
“If you hire people just because they can do a job, they’ll work for your money. But if you hire people who believe what you believe, they’ll work for you with blood and sweat and tears.”
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
John F. Kennedy