Posts tagged ‘getting out the way’

June 25, 2012

The Genius of Great Leadership

by Rod Smith
  • Is not that you, the leader, get your way. It is that those whom you lead discover the power of fully understanding their valued and vital contribution to your declared, shared, and treasured goals and get to use as many of their inherent gifts and skills to help reach them.
  • Is not that you, the leader, are recognized. It is that those whom you lead are empowered and sufficiently “free” to make their own mark on your declared, shared, and treasured goals and are positioned to receive all due credit as if you yourself, did not even exist.
  • Is not that you, the leader, are the one with all the good or brilliant ideas. It is that you have created a context where the development and exchange of ideas (of all sizes and quality) is a way of life and your shared brilliance becomes difficult to track or pin on one lone genius or one heroic leader.
  • Is not that you, the appointed or official leader, lead at everything. You understand that your ability to lead is enmeshed with your ability to follow. You get out of the way and assist and encourage those who are better equipped at any task or project to assume the awe-filled position of leader.

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