Developing Leaders

Now, on to today’s topic. I want to talk about leadership and growth.
Specifically, I want to talk about developing leaders. You see, the only way for you to get out of your shop is to develop leaders. Let me explain why. If you are a leader who develops followers, then you will add one follower at a time. Why? Because followers
take a lot of effort and constant direction and attention. If you are a leader who develops leaders, then you multiply your efforts.

Why?

Because leaders are self directing, they take very little effort and attention and they usually attract other leaders and followers to
help them. So, how do you do this? Well, it starts with the interview. Does the person you are hiring have leadership ability? How do you find out? Here’s an idea. During the interview, ask them to tell you about a situation in the past where they had to make a big
decision. Ask them to tell you about the situation and the decision they made. Ask them how they felt about it.

The answers will tell you a lot about their leadership ability.

Where they excited or scared? Do them seem enthusiastic or drained when they talk bout it? Was it truly a big decision, or were they making a mountain out of a mole hill? Listen carefully to their answers, you’ll learn a lot. By the way, you can ask the same
questions of your existing employees too.

An important note here, not all positions require leadership ability. There is nothing wrong with someone who doesn’t have the ability or desire to be a leader. The important thing is that you are honest with yourself and your employee about the role you
see them in.

For instance, putting someone without leadership ability in the Service Writer position would be a mistake. Why? Because along with technical ability, the position demands someone who can lead, someone who can make a decision without all
of the facts.
The more leaders you have around you, the faster you will grow, and the quicker you will be able to step back from your shop. If you are not accustomed to having leaders around you this may be uncomfortable at first. You have to let go of the decision making process and focus more on the results. You have to learn to accept mistakes while still holding people accountable. It is a balancing act, difficult at first, but much easier with practice.

So start practicing now!!! Find or hire your leaders and start practicing. The sooner you start, the sooner you will be free.
To your success,

Dave

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