training leaders

Posted: April 25, 2010 in Leadership

Training leaders beside you and under you on how to do your job is a vital task in leadership. There will be times when the leader will be absent and the position needs to be filled by someone who is capable. If the ship begins to sink while you are away, there are two things happening. First, the leader standing in your place cannot adequately sail the ship because they have not been given the proper tools to work with. Second, the leader standing in your place cannot effectively sail the ship because they have not been trained on how to use the limited amount of tools that were given to him.

From time to time the ship will get hit and begins to take on water while sinking—don’t panic, there is always a learning curve as long as the ship still floats. The leaders job is to take the sinking ship and make it float again. There is no time to port and repair the ship. You are at sea and time demands a sudden change of plans—repair the ship at sea. Once afloat, show the team everything it takes to keep it floating. Sinking ships always point back to the captain, not the sailors. That’s why everything rises and falls on leadership.

Insecurity within the leader can be a third reason why the ship begins to sink. Insecurity rises within a leader when one leaves their post and another stands in their place and things begin to fall apart. The leader feels they are needed and wanted so they don’t train others to do their job effectively. It keeps the employees begging for the leader to come back. Once insecurity has set in, pride is always sure to follow. A leader needs to feel secure enough about their position and leadership to the point that everyone thrives and succeeds while you are away. If the team wins, you win, but if the team loses, you lose. Feed a leader that has a desire to win and model it for them so they know how to win. That is the key to true and great leadership.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery


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