Winning companies win because they have good leaders who nurture the development of other leaders at all levels of the organization. – Noel Tichy
Great leaders create a wake with their leadership; it is much like freeride wakeboarding. If you create enough of a wake with the boat, people can surf behind the boat without a rope. In the same way, leaders have to create paths for their team void of many obstacles. By creating a wake that is wide enough and at the right speed, the team will have the opportunity to go forward and pursue greatness. Ultimately, they have to come out of that wake and lead on their own, and that is one thing that is a part of our strategy at Southwest Michigan First. We want to put people in positions that they can grow their own leadership.
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In some cases, it means starting a new company underneath our company, as Carla Winchester has done with Consultant Connect. Sometimes it means leaving our team altogether to lead, such as Von Washington has done with the Kalamazoo Promise or Tim Terrentine is doing with Western Michigan University. Leaders absolutely have a responsibility to create a wake that others can follow in until they gain enough momentum that they can either create something within the organization, which is our preference, lead for someone else’s organizations or create their own. All of these things we celebrate at Southwest Michigan First because it is my priority that each team member is developing.
I believe that everybody is born with talent, but that does not necessarily translate into excellence or greatness. It just means you are highly talented. Everybody in prison is born with an incredible talent. They just did not have a leader to nurture them, they did not grow, and they did not manifest themselves in a positive way. If we can find people who are incredibly talented and nurture them and allow them to grow their talent, then I am doing the right thing as a leader. It may manifest itself in different people at different rates in different industry sectors but that is okay, there is growth. Carla went from leading a public health organization to joining us, and within 6 months of leading our consulting division she has taken it to places we never knew were imaginable because she had the opportunity to ride the wake. She had the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills here, that when matched with the talent she had on relationship development was miracle grow to Consultant Connect. Great leaders ought to aspire to be the miracle grow for other leaders, especially the ones on their own team.
Question: What are you doing as a leader to nurture your team’s talent and skills?