I love the humility in this quote. Building people up requires that leaders keep the focus off of themselves and on those around them.
Think about how you are motivated. Are you motivated by hearing about or seeing how great other people are? Or does your inspiration come from an internal connection to the idea that YOU can be great and make a larger impact on the world around you? The idea that you are supposed to do far more than you have done in the past? The idea that you are amazing and have great potential….
How would your past have been different if you had people around you that were constantly showing you how amazing you really are and pointing you towards your true potential? Maybe you did and benefited from that relationship and influence on your life.
Take a few minutes and consider how you have executed this level of leadership well. Then take some time to consider where you may have fallen short. What can you start doing today to build up and inspire others around you by helping them see their potential?
One very simple and practical technique that I learned a long time ago that seems to really engage team members and help promote their talents is to include them in the decision making process. This simple technique helps create a greater level of ownership by those involved in the decision making process. Plus engaging others around you in the decision making process tends to lead to better outcomes and quicker resolutions.
I can remember several occasions in the past where my teams have faced problems that were resolved by front line team members sharing their experience and recommendations around the issue at hand. Our team members tend to know a lot more than we do as leaders, and a lot more than we give them credit for. Isn’t that what we want? Isn’t that why we hire people?
Leaders need to be intentional about creating opportunities that shine the light on how great their team members are. It is one of the most fundamental duties of leadership.