Good leaders enable others to act. They recognize that each person can add value to the organization. They find ways to help people become effective and to perform at their best.
Enable Others to Act.
Good leaders surround themselves with capable people. They look for people with competencies that will help ensure the achievements of their goals and the realization of their vision.
One common mistake is to think that leaders have to do it all. I learned this when I was in grade skill. Being a class president means your classmates expect you to know and do everything.
The best leaders are not those who can do everything. The best leaders are those who can enable people to get things done.
They bring people together and build a team. You can do it too.
Look at collaboration. It means to labor together. To succeed, everyone must work together for the common good. Filipino values like pagdadamayan (helping each other) and bayanihan (community volunteerism) show that fostering collaboration is not difficult.
People collaborate when they trust each other. Find ways to help people discover their shared values and purposes. Allow them to share their stories and show that you listen.
Make everyone understand that team building is mutual accountability. We must seek to understand others to be understood.
I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.Ralph Nader
Facilitate learning. Members of your team need to feel that they are growing. So provide them opportunities to learn through training, coaching, and mentoring.
Each of us values autonomy and meaning. As much as we love working with a team, we want leaders to understand we can work independently. We are capable even with minimal supervision.
We also want to see visible progress. We are attracted to an organization that will help us develop skills for more challenging assignments.
Good leaders develop the competence and confidence of each employee.
Good leaders invest time in enabling other leaders to create breakthroughs in performance.
Your job isn’t to command people but to bring out the leaders in them so they can make the impossible possible.Jef Menguin
This article is part of a series of the five vital behaviors of breakthrough leaders.
You can learn more about these behaviors in the book the Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner, the Leadership Challenge. In the book, they call these exemplary practices.
I explained each behavior based on my experiences – and those leaders I was privileged to work with through the years.
I also use these vital behaviors in the Breakthrough Leadership Workshops. In this article, we will talk about the fourth behavior: Enabling others to act.
Becoming a good leader requires that you build other leaders. Continue exploring articles on leadership and find ways to enable others to succeed.