Tuesday February 28, 2017 #866
“Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders.”
It is a common mistake of managers to think that if their team members follow their direction without question, they are providing great leadership. In fact, this is usually a sign of poor leadership. The job of a great leader is to create more great leaders among their team. This is sometimes referred to as “Small L leadership”. These small L leaders speak up when direction is vague, incomplete, or dead wrong. They offer ideas and solutions. They don’t wait for direction; they act when they see a need, and help others on the team without being asked. The titled, or “Big L Leader” creates this environment through clear direction, defined delegated authority, trust, course correction when necessary, and recognition and praise. Want lots of Small L Leaders? Provide the Big L leadership your team craves and deserves.