Every great leader had periods of struggle before they became the leaders that they are today. In fact if you think about any successful person you will find that they went through difficult moments in their lives on their way to becoming exceptional in their spheres of influence. More significantly is that you will find that they had to surround themselves with other good people who helped them attain high levels of success. Who you surround yourself with determines how far you go.
I remember when I was first put in a leadership position in high school I was pretty terrified and struggled to speak in front of people. My voice would easily reflect to others my lack of confidence and I would wonder whether I would ever really become a real leader. Over the years through studying the lives of other successful people and leaders I became better and better. Great leaders are always seeking to learn and improve no matter how much success they have attained before.
John Maxwell speaks about the Law of Process in his book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”
Your inner circle is the people that are closest to you and they determine your leadership potential. Jesus himself had an inner circle of 3 disciples that included Peter, James and John whom he would give a bit more attention than the other disciples. All great leaders have inner circles too that they work with or develop in different aspects so that they can increase the effectiveness of the whole team.
In fact you will find that you can tell how strong (or weak) a leader is based on the closest people around him. Strong leaders will normally seek out others smarter than themselves to help the team perform at a higher level. Note that I said strong leaders, because if you are not a leader worth following you will not attract other strong leaders.
When a leader is able to pass on his leadership ability to another person he has successfully reproduced himself. In my business we call this duplication because you have developed someone else to a level that they can do your job. Strong leaders attract, develop and add other strong leaders whereas weak leaders add followers. Going back to the case of managers you will find that they never want to develop their subordinates for fear that they will lose their jobs.
Strong leaders on the other hand want others to do better than them because it helps the team to achieve its objectives. When they achieve that goal they start the process again and look for other leaders to develop to improve the performance of the team. Managers in most cases are only looking out for themselves and will do almost anything to protect their turf.
I hope we have added some value to you today.