“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” Bill Gates
What kind of leader are you?
- Back to Basics #1: “Start with Why” Simon Sinek
- Back to Basics #2: “Get the right people on the bus” Jim Collins
- Back to Basics #3: “Determine Your Strategy” Michael Porter
- Back to Basics #4: “Know Your Processes” W. Edwards Deming
- Back to Basics #5: “Manage Your Money Wisely” Laura D Adams
- Back to Basics #6: “Be the Leader Who Empowers the Employees” Bill Gates
A favorite among several favorite entrepreneurs is Bob Hartwick of Drain Doctors, embodies this business principle. He empowers his employees to become leaders in his company. Anyone who comes to work for him is told (practically on their first day) exactly what it will take for them to work their way into a management position. Those who want to become managers know exactly what is expected, what they have to learn and what they have to demonstrate to become crew leads, field managers, etc., right up to the top.
Hartwick’s leadership is uncommon. In too many industries those with experience “eat their young”. Whether it’s out of fear that the “young” will take their business or “that’s the way it’s always been”, it cannot be defined as good leadership. As Jim Rohn writes, “The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly”. Does that seem like a tall order?
Marshall Goldsmith in his book “Triggers: Creating Behavior that lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be” writes of a process he created in coaching executives. He has all the people who interact with his client, the executive, fill out forms on the executive’s behavior. The executive gets some very important feedback. Together Marshall and his client take that feedback and turn it into behavior modifications to be worked on over the next year. At the end of the year if the executive is pleased with the results Marshall gets paid. Marshall always gets paid.
So, here’s your “homework”: What would your employees have to say about you? How do you empower your employees to be the best they can be? Like Zig Ziglar wrote, “You don’t build a business. You build people and then people build the business.”
FYI: Bill Gates, born October 28, 1955, is an American business magnate, philanthropist, and co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation. Does anyone in the US or Canada not know who he is?