Seasons of Leadership

The seasons are changing here in Central Texas, and it’s quite refreshing after four season-free years spent in Hawaii. The air is cooling, the trees are beginning to change, and the pumpkin patches are filled with children eager to find “the one” that is perfect for carving a jack ‘o lantern to grace the front porch. It’s certainly not difficult to identify the changing of the seasons if you’re careful enough to look.

Leaders experience seasons as well. As junior leaders we are new to the job, armed with initiative and a fresh perspective. Our immediate goal is to make an impact on those we are directly responsible for.

As mid-level managers we are required to translate organizational goals to our junior leaders so they can mobilize their subordinates to accomplish them. Our successes in this season of leadership are determined by how we meet organizational goals and how we manage and develop those who work for us.

Senior leaders are required to provide vision and resource the organization. Our success in this season of leadership is multi-fold. You should be providing passionate vision- one that inspires those in your organization to rally behind your cause. You must be earnestly developing those leaders who look to you for an example. And most of all, you must be willing to be generous with your time, knowledge, and lessons learned.

No matter how great of a junior or mid-level leader you were, becoming a senior leader that others are inspired by requires making a committed effort to empower others to be their best.

Monday Morning Perspective:

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” – Calvin Coolidge, American President

“Your candle loses nothing when it lights another.”- John Maxwell

Passing the torch should occur long before it’s your time to retire. As a leader, you should be actively engaged in “lighting the candle” of those around you regardless of which season of leadership you find yourself in.

This week I challenge you to take the time required to mentor a budding leader in your organization. Generosity and Mentorship isn’t a sign of weakness or favoritism. It’s simply the right thing to do.

Have a wonderful week!

ISSN: 2158-1355
© Crystal Dyer 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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