What makes good leaders great? Moreover, is greatness something a leader is born with or is it merely a choice? According to Jake Wilder, great leaders choose to be great, and they do so by making the commitment to empowering others.
This line of thinking is unlike some of the “leaders” I’ve worked with throughout my career. Fortunately, it was a select few that viewed their leadership position as a way to improve their own status, rather than make a positive difference in the life of someone else.
Yet all of this can be challenging too. No one ever said leadership is easy. No one ever said empowering others is easy. David Foster has said, “A real leader can somehow get us to do certain things that deep down we think are good and want to be able to do but usually can’t get ourselves to do on our own.”
In other words, we have to believe in other people who may struggle to believe in themselves.
So, leadership is really all about empowerment. It’s about finding ways to lift other people up. It’s about helping them advance in their careers, in their lives. It’s about making them a part of something bigger than themselves. It’s helping people be a little closer to who they’re designed to be. It’s the commitment to helping each person reach their full potential.
Leaders who make a choice to empower others, have made the decision to hold themselves to a higher standard. It’s calling oneself to a higher standard than which we may ask of those we’re close to, or of which we may ask of those on our team.
The role of a leader requires constant sacrifice. It’s a journey – a process. It’s not a one-time investment into someone else. It’s an ongoing investment that has the potential to reap more rewards than we could have ever possibly imagined.
And that’s not only empowering to the team members we serve, but I hope that it’s empowering to each of us too!
“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.” – John C. Maxwell
As a leader, what are some of the specific things you do to empower those you lead? Are there specific things you want to do to be more empowering? Please comment below. I look forward to reaching your leadership insights and interacting with you.
Source: Wilder, Jake. “Great Leaders Empower Others. Choose to Be Great. – The Mission – Medium.” Medium, The Mission, 28 Mar. 2018, medium.com/the-mission/great-leaders-empower-others-choose-to-be-great-a7dce9feeef6.
Nathan R Mitchell is America’s Leading Empowerment CoachTM and the Editor of Leadership Addict. In 2010 he founded the business and leadership development company, Clutch Consulting. Nathan is also a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with The John Maxwell Team. Originally from Springfield Missouri, Nathan earned his B.S. Degree in Management and an MBA from Missouri State University. Currently, he lives near Tulsa Oklahoma with his wife and children. His purpose in life is to empower others to lead to their full leadership potential.