How many times have you thought or heard the phrases, " I can't wait till I get to the top?" " or When I get to the top, it will be easier." We see it in the movies as a storyline over and over. The boss who sits in the corner office and looks over everyone. We enter the workforce hungry and wanting to get to the top position. We think those in these positions have the perfect life....money, position, prestige. We think the higher we climb the career ladder, the better our life will get and where we think our world will become magically easier. We are driven by money and prestige.
Now let's take a step back. What if I told you that this does not create happiness or prestige? It only creates money and position. In fact, while you may be happy for a short period of time, you are creating a false facade. Without a proper foundation, the facade will come tumbling down at a certain point. The person described in the first paragraph is not a leader. They may hold the highest job title, but they cannot be considered a leader. Why?Because they typically have little to no influence and do not possess the qualities for a long standing tenure. John Maxwell states, "Leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less". For the top person to be a leader, you have to position yourself at the bottom of the work pyramid. You are in the office to support your Team and to help them achieve success and growth. Not to sit at the top, look down and dictate. Coincidently, you will achieve an easier and happy life. When you support your Team, they in-return will support you.
As a leader, it's your job to bring the best out of your Team. You do this by setting up the best team per their strength zones, helping each team member to grow and direct them to the understanding of how to complement each other instead of compete with each other and be there for support. You want to equip them with the necessary tools for success. Their success is your success and vice versa. As Dale Galloway states, " The growth and development of people is the highest calling of a leader." I can tell you from experience, my most memorable and rewarding aspects in leadership have been watching team members grow. It’s the reason that I chose to pivot towards leadership development. I want to help people be able to be properly equipped with the tools to become leaders. Imagine how far organizations could go if all team members were equipped with the right tools by leaders and not just people in positions? Which one do you want to work for and become?
Kendra Clark Leadership Strategies is a global agency located in Stockton, CA focusing on executive coaching and leadership, business and marketing strategy consulting with a focus on sports and entertainment, hospitality, tourism and non profit organizations. As a member of the John Maxwell Team, Kendra helps organizations and executives overcome any hurdles they may be facing through purposeful leadership and strategy. To learn more about our services, please email Kclark@kclstrategies.com or visit www.kclstrategies.com.