“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
When we start developing “our chops” so to speak as a leader it is all about our own needs, on our own time, and at our own pace. You are able to grow into the type of leader you have always dreamed of being because you are focused on one thing and one thing only: yourself. This by no means makes us selfish as we always talk about self care first before taking care of others but we need to be mindful when to make that transition to also focus on growing others too. In doing so we move away from falling into a selfish trap and instead move into doing more of selfless acts for others instead.
American business executive, chemical engineer, and writer Jack Welch reminds us in today’s quote that in order to reach success it is important to grow ourselves and our skillsets first before becoming a leader but we do not become truly successful as a leader until we focus on growing others. It is there that we are also looked at becoming a transformational leader. Transformational leadership is where leaders works with an individual or a team to identify what change is needed, create a vision to guide that change through inspiration, and executing that same change in tandem with a deep level of commitment and trust by all involved.
This entire process in growing others and focusing on their development helps unknowingly establish and maintain healthy relationship skills with others. This is achieved through us intentionally focusing on openly communicating with one another, actively listen and cooperate with others. In cooperating with others this doesn’t mean to always agree with one another but when conflict arises, both sides are constructive in their problem solving efforts with one another.
When we focus on growing others it sets the stage for those that you are working with to pay it forward and they become the next generation of leaders to grow others. Through this process not only do we promote that transformational leadership style within them we also bring that servant leadership mindset into the fold as well. By putting the needs of others first before our own is when we make that true crossover into being a 21st century leader. It is the combination of both of these types of leadership styles are really the seeds that will grow others and help them reach their highest potential.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?