went to a staff meeting last Saturday morning for the ministers at the church I attend. Now one of the great points the Pastor brought up during the meeting was, did we have definable goals for this year? And were we willing to share them with he could help us achieve them? Now that was a powerful leadership action because it let those who serve with him know that their personal growth was a top priority to him, and that their value to him and the organization was beyond just the function they preformed.
Next he challenge us to do the same with the people that were on our teams, by spending more time with them, and getting to know them better. Also he challenged us invest into their lives and gave the example of a recent super bowl party that he gave for the team members at his home.
Great leaders reproduce themselves in those that serve with them by showing and telling the people the desired behavior. So what did this effective leader do?
- He demonstrated that those that serve under him have value by taking an active interest in their personal growth.
- He challenged them by his actions to imitate his behavior.
- His words and actions worked together to produce a desired result, namely the growth of the organization that he is the leader of.
- Effective leaders know and demonstrate that when the individual members of an organization grow the organization, as a whole will increase effectiveness and productivity.
Scott Hodge had a post recently on his blog that share’s along the same lines.
A great manager understands that the only way he or she can truly serve a company is to serve the employee first. His or her job will succeed or fail based on their ability to make their employee more productive working with them than they would be working with someone else.
A person who works for a great manager believes that their manager has their best interest and success in mind at all times. Of course, the manager has the best interest of the company in mind – but also realizes that they two are tied together.