The seasons are changing here in Central Texas, and I’m convinced that Mother Nature is having trouble making up her mind about what season it is from one day to the next. We received snow flurries over the weekend after one of the most temperate “winters” you’ve ever seen, so I suppose spring hasn’t “sprung” just yet. But when you look to the signs of the seasons, it’s relatively easy to determine that change is on the horizon. A careful observer knows what to expect and plans accordingly.
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
“Your candle loses nothing when it lights another.” – John Maxwell
Passing the torch should occur long before it’s your time to move up into roles of increased responsibility or 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- for your organization, for others, and even for yourself. Your legacy is built on the people who carry your torch long after you’ve handed it over.
Have a wonderful week!
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