As John Maxwell is famous for saying, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” One of the most important factors in the long-term success of your organization is the leadership you develop from within its ranks. A great leader makes other great leaders. Maybe you’ve wondered how to begin raising up leaders from within your organization. You’re in luck. We have a list.
1.) Value people over products
People matter. Only two things last forever: the Word of God and the souls of men. (click to tweet) It may feel counterintuitive, but acting in the best interests of your people is also in the best interests of your organization. All people, especially the talented ones, long to be valued as individuals, as human beings, not just as units of human resources. All people, especially the talented ones, will sense if you do not value them, and they will leave. And the talented ones will leave fast.
2.) Stop telling people what to do
Let’s face it: some of the people who report to you have skills that you do not. Whether you manage employees or volunteers, the formula is the same. You’re going to get better results when, rather than dictating specific actions, you can establish vision and trust the skills on your team. The Harvard Business Review recently published an excellent article that explains this idea in depth. The bottom line: trust breeds initiative.
3.) Don’t be shy about mistakes
Things are going to go wrong. As young leaders take initiative, young leaders will make mistakes. Count on it. If you’re hoping to create a place without mistakes, best to create it without leaders, without people at all. Any initiative you have created with trust will be quickly squashed with a zero-tolerance policy on mistakes. This means you cannot freak out when things go wrong. Even big things.
If you’d like to read more, we have a huge collection of leadership books here at Vyrso, and many of them are on sale at the moment. You can browse through the entire collection of 400-plus resources, but I would draw your attention to these titles as personal favorites of mine.
Become a Coaching Leader: The Proven System for Building Your Own Team of Champions by Daniel S. Harkavy
- This book will help you develop a lifestyle that will make you magnetic to people of high character.
Leveraging Your Leadership Style by John Jackson & Lorrain Bosse-Smith
- Leadership development never required a cookie cutter. Every leader is different, and this book will help you appreciate diversity.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
- It’s a classic because it’s exceptional. If you’ve never read John Maxwell, start here.
Washington: A Legacy of Leadership by Paul S. Vickery
- Good leaders learn from one another. George Washington is one of history’s greatest leaders. There are many leadership lessons to be gleaned from a study of his life.