Teaching for Succession

From the Disorganizational Behavior Blog:

Are leaders also teachers?

Of course they are. One of the primary roles of a leader is to teach others how to be leaders and embrace empowerment. The greatest achievement that most leaders will say they had is the development of other people as leaders. In order to develop others as leaders, you need to teach them to develop and utilize their leadership skills

A lot of times, being able to equip and teach your team is what seperates a leader from a manager. Leaders are not only there to succeed in present, but also look in ways to see how he can prepare the team to succeed after he is out of the picture. This might involve finding ways for you to best equip future leaders so that they might be able take over the reigns. In John Maxwell’s book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” talks about the Law of Legacy – A leader’s lasting value is measured by succession, and through a leader being a teacher it can help secure his legacy.


1 comment so far

  1. David Corbin on

    John, I couldn’t agree more with you and your Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. And, as you indicated in previous modules, we have to take an objective look at what is working and what’s not. My clients who have the character to ‘get real’ and face the issues as opposed to ignoring or hiding from them (because it’s down right tiring to confront all the issues, especially when we’re trying to keep the boat afloat, are the one’s who thrive in tough times.
    In fact, I took this idea and wrote a business parable on it because it is the most timely of all the lessons I’ve shared with businesses. Wiley will publish and distribute it in August ’09. It’s called, and you’re gonna love this: Illuminate: Breakthrough Results Using The Positive Power of Negative Thinking. The model has three parts, Face It, Follow It and Fix it. Leaders how allow people to discuss the ‘negative issues and factors’ in business (in a positive light) will encourage more creativity, participation and minimize the cynicism. Nowhere in the PMA philosophy does it say to ignore or suppress the negative
    Like you say, we have to confront.. and that’s the lesson in this book. So, as they say, ‘great minds think alike!!!’

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