Monday, August 15, 2011

Set Up Others To Succeed

tEquipping 101 (Maxwell, John C.)John C. Maxwell writes in Equipping 101, "The most successful organizations possess leaders who are equipping others around them, whether that organization is a (parent), small business, large corporation, non-profit, or sports team. When a leader is dedicated to the equipping process, the level of performance within the whole organization rises dramatically".

One of the most important responsibility you have as a leader in your family, community, organization, and nation is to help ensure its growth. This comes down to how well you manage your personal strengths, talents, relationships and financials, and your ability to enlarge the leadership capacity of those in your inner circle to meet the challenges of their personal and professional life with a winning attitude.

There are people in your family, in your workplace, and, in your community who has accepted the "status-quo" as the terms for living life. With this mindset, they'll never experience the possibilities that awaits those who decide to embrace their potential on "full-throttle". As a leader, you have the power to begin to shift their perspective on life and support the effort of others to actualize more of their potential. As, Marianne Williamson writes in her poem, A Return to Love "We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself."
~Henry Ford

By setting an example of personal leadership: continuously striving to manifest the seeds of greatness within your potential, you demonstrate by your attitude and behavior that personal and professional excellence is doable. By setting an example of what's possible and then taking initiative to support the success of others in your inner-circle, you can help them move beyond accepting the "status-quo" as the norm.

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care. At various times in each of our lives, we need someone to believe in and encourage us as we take steps towards the achievement of goals and objectives. We will always value the support of others, and we consider these individuals as some of the most influential people in our lives. As a leader, you have the ability to leave an impression on the heart and minds of others that empowers them to grow stronger and actualize more of their potential. When this happens, you leave a mark on their lives that cannot be erased by time or death.

By equipping those around you with additional knowledge, providing them with opportunities to grow their personal strengths and skills, and taking time to share valuable advice that's relevant to their objectives and goals, you are establishing a legacy of greatness. As Martin Luther King Jr. stated, "We can all be great because we can all serve." A legacy of greatness is built on a foundation of service to others. And, as you enlarge the landscape of your life through supporting the success of others, you sharpen your personal strengths and leadership capacity. As a result, you improve your effectiveness to achieve your goals and objectives in life.

Just as you want to be the best that you can be, everyone in your inner circle has the same desire. Yes, they may express it differently but each of us has an innate desire to contribute in a meaningful way in life. It is the reason why so many wrestle with the question, Why am I here? Your support of the success of others can actually be the catalyst to spark their use of personal strengths and abilities they aren't aware of. Sometimes we just need someone to point the way and we can take it from there. For many people in your inner circle, you are their point man or woman. You are the right person to help lead the way by supporting their success. Thank-you for paying it forward.