Are you Developing Leaders or Followers

Are you Developing Leaders or Followers

The importance of preparing leaders for succession has emerged as one of the significant concerns for today’s leaders. In the book “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” John C Maxwell points out that becoming a leader who develops leaders requires an entirely different focus and attitude from those leaders who develop followers.

Some of the differences are:

Leaders Who Develop Followers

Need to be needed

Focus on the weakness

Develop the bottom 20%

Treat their people the same for fairness

Hoard power

Spend time with others

Grow by addition

Impact on people they touch


Leaders Who Develop Leaders

Want to be succeeded

Focus on the strengths

Develop the top 20%

Treat their leaders as individuals for impact

Give power away

Invest time in others

Grow by multiplication

Impact people far beyond their own reach

Jim Collins found in his book Good to Great, mentioned previously, that Level 5 Leaders are those most likely to take an organisation to perform at the great level. Level 5 leaders are generally home grown and far outperform superstar import leaders.

It may be time to look at the way you are leading. Are you setting your organisation up for future greatness or future mediocrity? Are you a Level 5 Leader growing future Level 5 leaders or are you growing followers?

Lyn Traill and Liz Cassidy

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