Contrary to what many people think, a leader is not someone who creates followers. Instead, as my mother puts it, a true leader is someone who creates new leaders. Leadership comes in many forms. You don’t have to be on the organization’s executive team to be a leader. According to Tony Robbins, “A leader is someone who inspires others to become more of who they truly are. They bring out the greatness that lies within each human being, and enables individuals to put that greatness into practice consistently. Leaders inspire themselves and others to do, be, give, and become more than they ever thought possible, thereby creating more leaders in the process.”
Today, more than ever, there is a need for true leadership in the workplace in order to build high performing organizations with committed employees, loyal customers and followers, and increased performance and sustainability. Below, are several leadership qualities that experts agree help create new leaders. A leader…
Great leaders are honest, open and transparent with employees and stakeholders. Transparency allows people to relate with a leader and in turn, they are more likely to attract people to believe in them, follow their mission and support their cause.
According to “A True Leader Creates Leaders,” by Gil Philip Friend, producing trust occurs as people participate in a network of commitments. They come to see each other as reliable performers, and learn to align and connect their interests with each others’ interests and with those of the project.
Has a vision and shares that vision
Leaders see a world that does not yet exist, that most people perhaps can’t even see – or can see but not believe their own senses, or believe in their ability to bring it into being. Leaders commit to bring that world into being. Leaders declare that the world they see is possible, and they commit to fulfilling that possibility (“A True Leader Creates Leaders” by Gil Philip Friend).
Makes that vision happen with the help of others
Leaders communicate in ways that shift other people’s perceptions and inspire their actions, but that also evoke other people’s commitment. Leaders inspire employees to the high levels of engagement that drive strong results across the board.
Great leaders empower their teams to do more
People put forth much more effort for their best leaders and very little for their worst leaders. Leaders who more frequently exhibit exemplary practices foster engagement and inspire people to go from acceptable to good and even to great. Leaders can improve employee engagement to outperform the competition (Great Leadership Creates Great Workplaces by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner).
Furthermore, true leaders lead by example, they are first in and last ones out, they are fully invested in the vision of their ventures and, through showing their dedication, they inspire people around them to show the same kind of commitment and display the same behaviors.
How are you creating new leaders within your workforce? One way companies are developing new leaders within their organization is through talent management technologies, such as SkillsMapper, an innovative career management and development solutions for progressive organizations looking to engage, retain and develop their workforce to sustain their competitive advantage. SkillsMapper helps company leaders to:
Promote transparency – Employees have a clear view of opportunities available within the organization and job role requirements.
Share the company’s vision – Company leaders have a way to communicate what direction the company is headed and what human capital it needs in order to sustain their competitive advantage. This information gives employees a clear understanding of the organization’s goals and priorities and helps employees understand what skills they need to develop in order to grow alongside the company.
Empower employees to do more – Employees are engaged in the career development process and are empowered to take charge of their careers. They have a way to plot career paths to job roles of interest and are given the tools and learning resources needed to help strengthen and develop their skills to prepare them for that next step in making that career plan a reality.
Some people believe leaders are born and not made. However, according to Warren G. Bennis, it’s quite the opposite, leaders are made rather than born. True leader sees potential in every individual. Strive to create new leaders by bringing out the best in your employees and providing them the tools to help them succeed. In doing so, you will develop the people who will contribute to the success of your organization.
Wendy Mejia oversees media relations for Zapoint, Inc.