There are many things that we feel like we don’t need. Mosquitos. I know they serve a purpose, however, I personally don’t need them. Traffic. Don’t need it. Masks…easy there! Cold coconut? Never in my life have I asked myself where I can get cold coconut. I have however asked myself where I can find healthy, empowering leaders.
Healthy, empowering leaders are difficult to find, not because they don’t exist, but because they typically have full teams who don’t want to leave their organizations or their leaders.
Here are a few indicators you serve with a healthy, empowering leader.
- Healthy leaders have healthy growing organizations and businesses.
- Healthy leaders listen.
- Healthy leaders are constantly working on the culture.
- Empowering leaders produce other great leaders.
- Healthy leaders not only have core values, but they lead out of them.
- Healthy leaders produce faithful followers.
- Empowering leaders are all about people.
- Empowering leaders give ownership and responsibility away.
A great question to ask yourself to determine if you serve in a healthy, life giving organization is, are you empowered to say yes? Healthy leaders let go and let others. Healthy leaders empower their teams. Empowering leaders let others make decisions.
Unlike cold coconuts which I have never needed, I have needed healthy, empowering leaders in my life. I would not be where I am today without them. I would not have experienced the success in my career without healthy leaders empowering me.
Any organization that wants to be vision focused needs more than vision, it needs a passionate point leader to bring about change. The reason businesses or organizations cling to outdated models is because it lacks leadership.
Leadership training does not make someone a leader, it can make them a better leader, but it doesn’t make them a leader. It’s not about training, it’s about a gifting, a call to lead.
How do you know if you’re not a leader?
- If you are hesitant to move outside the job description, not a leader, you’re a manager.
- If you are not willing to ask questions that cause others to think outside the box, not a leader, you’re a manager.
When a person who does not have a leadership skills is placed in a position of leadership, they will default back to management. They will take what is given to them, and manage it well. They may improve some of the systems, but they don’t make changes to the way things are done.
Change requires vision, and sustained vision requires leadership. If you’re not gifted in leadership, then there is no way that you will be able to bring about or sustain the change necessary.
How do you know if you’re a leader?
- Leaders love obstacles, and they love the uncertainty of how change will happen.
- Leaders don’t have patience to babysit the problems left behind by previous teams.
If reading those two statements did not get you a little excited, then you are probably not a leader.
So, what do you do if you have the responsibility to lead, but not the gifting?
- Acknowledging there could be an issue helps you see the road.
- Admitting that you need help, gets you get on the road.
- Asking for help, gets you going in the right direction.
Just because someone is great at what they do, doesn’t mean you promote them to a position of point leadership. They may not be wired to do that. That may not be how they are designed. You’ve just set them up for failure.