Bill Hybels says that when leaders get better, everybody wins. I believe a number of words could be substituted for leaders — parents, teachers, pastors, coaches, and for the purpose of this post, management. We believe our management team is the hope for our future. Our management sets the course for employee engagement, customer loyalty, productivity and, ultimately, profitability. Our bench strength depends on the ability of our management team to lead and coach the people in their care.
Colin Powell is one of my heroes. I just recently read a book called The Leadership Secrets of Colin Powell by Oren Harari. It’s a great read and fits in nicely with this post on developing leaders. In the book, Harari said that Powell gave him a photocopy of a typewritten, one-page sheet entitled, “The Powell Way.” The secret sauce of Colin Powell’s leadership is as follows:
- You’re a good leader when people follow you if only out of curiosity
- They trust you
- Trust comes from believing in you
- Understand them and their anxieties
Yep, that list pretty much sums it up. There is a great YouTube video on the first tenet: You’re a good leader when people follow you, if only out of curiosity.
We have instituted a Yearly Outstanding Developer Award or YODA award. The following guidelines are how we instruct staff to nominate the YODA in their lives.
I know with the emphasis we put on developing, serving and caring for our people, our bench strength is deep and solid. And finally I will leave with a final word from none other than Yoda himself:
When you look back, lose your place on the path, you do.
Leaders look to the future. They do not dwell in what used to be or long for the days when they used to have this or that. Sure, leaders learn from the past to ensure the same mistakes are not repeated presently or in the future, but they do not dwell upon what is no more. They look ahead, and they lead others to do great things along the way to a better tomorrow.