Lead Into The Future

It has been said,

You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.
(Professional baseball manager  Gene Mauch).

I disagree strongly.

The mark of a truly great leader is that they can prepare those who come after them to achieve more than they ever could. I am reminded of the great New Zealand Olympic swimming coach Duncan Laing who coached Danyon Loader to two Olympic gold medals. Duncan never won an Olympic swimming medal himself.  If that saying by Mauch was correct then that feat would have never been achieved.

For there to be growth there has to be someone who is prepared to let go of their own desires and goals so to release others to achieve greater goals.

As a significant leader you can and must prepare others to go beyond where you can go. The future of your organisation is at risk if you cannot.

Let go of the ego driven need for power and control, for they will only do you harm and start investing in giving others the skills of leadership by letting them lead. Catch them when they fall, cheer them on when they achieve goals; and when they are ready, relinquish control to them. Step back and cheer them on knowing those who you have led will go far beyond where you have gone.

Help others lead into the future.

Paul S Allen

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About Paul S Allen

Musician (Guitar, Bass, Mandolin); Singer Song Writer; Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Leadership; Strategy; Vision;

Posted on 26/04/2011, in Business Development, Church, Leadership, Think, Vision and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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