Originally posted 4/25/2012, revised 7/18/2023.
“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”
Which, of course leads to the question you should be asking yourself; Am I, and the systems in my business, division or area of responsibility focused on developing leaders? If not, why not?
It is often said that the primary product of an entrepreneur’s company is the company. A key aspect of building an organization, business, or division is making sure that it is “saleable” and scalable. That requires strong leadership development. As an organization grows, a strong leader will leverage their time, abilities, and attention by effective delegation. Effective delegation requires delegation of responsibility and leadership, as well as the task to be achieved. An additional benefit of leaders developing leaders is the gratification that comes from developing and mentoring others.
Don’t know how to begin? Two good places to start are The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell, and Instant Systems by Bradley Sugars, the founder of ActionCOACH. After you read the books, talk with your mentor, advisor, or coach to map out and follow your path to true leadership.