Everyone can be a leader within the scope of their own job.
What does that mean?
· Leaders take responsibility for what happens
· Leaders understand what needs to be done and find ways to get it done
· Leaders get everyone on the same page so they are all working toward the same goal
· Leaders work with other people to ensure their success
The best committee I ever worked on was a collection of leaders from different parts of the organization that was responsible for planning and implementing activities. We would get together every couple of weeks and talk for about 48 minutes about what was going on in the world, what was happening in our lives, and other things that had nothing to do with activities we were supposed to plan.
And then at the end of the meeting, we would talk about what needed to be done. The thing that made this committee unusual was that once we started talking about what needed to be done, everyone jumped in and said what their area could do, they volunteered to take on a portion of the job, and provided ideas about how the event could be handled successfully. Everyone took over as a leader of their own area and everyone worked together to make the event successful.
Each employee should be a leader of their own job rather than just following directions given by their supervisor. You should want employees who will take responsibility for their work, determine how the work should be done most effectively, and coordinate their work with others.
Your job then becomes the much easier one of providing overall direction, monitoring and providing feedback, and rewarding positive behavior.
You can promote the idea of employees becoming leaders by how you treat them.
· Tell them they own their job and are responsible for how it gets done.
· Give them clear directions about what you want done.
· Recognize efforts to cooperate and work with others to get their job done.
· Reward them for taking responsibility and demonstrating leadership
Leadership isn’t telling other people what to do. Leadership is getting people to want to do what needs to be done. Followers do things, leaders get things done.
Imagine sitting down with your employees and discussing how you are going to complete a job and having everyone volunteer what they are going to do and how they are going to work with each other to complete the job successfully.
That would be an organization of leaders - and it would be a successful one.
NOTE: Previously posted on Others Are People Blog.