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The Lesson of the 2 Buckets

Developing Leaders Is the Only Way to Create a Leadership Culture

The Lesson of the 2 Buckets

When there problems in an organization - these are like sparks and fires. Leaders are often the first to arrive on the scene of a situation. They will come carrying 2 buckets: One is water - One is gasoline. One of these fuels the fire, while the other puts it out. The object is to train people to "use water".

I have a system that I call Model - Focus - Equip that applies here.

Model - We have to Model a caring and willing-to-help attitude. As a leader, you get the culture you create. We have to FOCUS on developing the culture we want in the future.

A culture that exists because of what leadership has done up to this point. Remember John's definition - it's really pertinent here - "Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less."

Mark Miller, Chick-fil-A vice president of high-performance leadership who has trained leaders at Chick-fil-A said, "Sometimes existing leaders hold back weak organizations from developing a leadership culture - they rationalize:

  1. They're already doing well enough

  2. They're too busy to develop leaders

  3. Either choice creates a cycle of mediocrity."

Leaders like Mark, develop a positive leadership culture by using the following steps:

  1. Define it - What is your organization's working definition of leadership?

  2. Teach it - Ensure everyone knows the leadership point of view and leaders have the skills required to succeed.

  3. Practice it - Create opportunities for leaders and emerging leaders to lead; stretch assignment prove and improve leaders.

  4. Measure it - Track the progress of leadership development efforts. Adjust strategies and tactics accordingly.

  5. Model it - Walk the talk and lead by example - people always watch the leader.

John Maxwell uses a slightly different set of steps:

  1. IDENTIFYING LEADERS: Find them so you can develop them.

  2. ATTRACTING LEADERS: Invite them to the leadership table.

  3. UNDERSTANDING LEADERS: Connect with them before you lead them

  4. MOTIVATING LEADERS: Encourage them to give their best.

  5. EQUIPPING LEADERS: Train them to be great at their job.

  6. EMPOWERING LEADERS: Release them to reach their potential.

  7. POSITIONING LEADERS: Team them up to multiply their impact.

  8. MENTORING LEADERS: Coach them to the next level.

  9. REPRODUCING LEADERS: Show them how to develop leaders.

  10. COMPOUNDING LEADERS: Receive the highest return of developing leaders

This reminds me of John Maxwell's definitions of Success and Significance:

Success comes when we add value to ourselves. Significance comes when we add value to others.

Model Focus and Equip

Be Intentional Friends!


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