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Leadership & Development

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." John C. Maxwell

One of my favorite leadership quotes is from Brené Brown. In her book Daring Greatly, she says, “I define a leader as anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.”  

Leadership is not:

  • Being in charge

  • Making the most money

  • Bossing people around

  • Always being right

  • Working your way up the corporate ladder

  • Control

  • Power

  • A title

Amazing Leadership involves:

  • Being a servant

  • Getting to know individuals

  • Helping others learn and succeed

  • Humbling

  • Requires character

  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in self, staff and organizations and capitalizing on the strengths that all people (not just you) bring to the table. 

  • Inspires others to be their best selves

  • Have goals and a road map

  • See and have potential

  • Equips others

  • Not being afraid of a challenge

  • Having a calling and purpose

  • Having courage

John Maxwell said, "If you're going to the top with no one with you, you're just a hiker, not a leader." Wow!  Now that's humbling.  Leaders have to have people who are  willing to follow.  And who is going to follow a self-centered, power hungry, title driven person?   The answer is no one...at least not anyone with the potential to help you meet the goals you dream of reaching with you company.   

True leaders inspire others and equip them.  Equipping others is at the foundation of true and good leadership.  If a leaders cannot inspire and equip, then they aren't leaders.  They may hold titles like manager or supervisor, but this does not make them leaders. 

Both for profit corporations and non-profit organizations are filled with individuals with titles who cannot lead.  They are inflexible and caught up in the hierarchy and bureaucracy of the company. They forget about all the individuals that work hard for the very same company every day.  In fact, those "worker bees" are the only reason the posh chair they sit in exist.  They are the ones who really make the products or provide the services that create a company large enough to elicit the need for those executive positions. 

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So how does a leader equip and inspire others?  They know their people. 

True Leaders Know Their People.  It doesn't matter your position in the company.  It doesn't matter if you are an employee with the title Manager, CEO, Supervisor, Cashier, Social Worker, Teacher, Principal, or Assistant - if you don't know the people working with you (notice I didn't say the people working "for" you), it's going to be hard to create a team that is productive.  The better you know your team members, the better you can put people into positions and give them projects that highlight and grow their gifts and talents. 

As a therapist, my greatest and most important task with any client is to build rapport. Without rapport, therapy will go no where.  It's the same in business.  If leaders don't create great rapport with their teams, the company is in grave danger.  

There are many ways for a company to get to know their people better.  Here are some ideas:

  • Do a simple form when they hire on - collect information on their favorite store, candy, soda, water, gum, tv show, etc.  Then use that info when you do employee appreciation or contests. 

  • Do something more formal:

  • Provide free training to your team on topics that will help them grow as individuals and as a member of your company.

Coming soon.......You will be able to book Missy Jane to come work with your team on leadership development using principles from John Maxwell. Stay tuned.....