Book Report on John C. Maxwell’s DEVELOPING THE LEADERS AROUND YOU
Chapter 5: Equipping Potential Leaders
Finding potential leaders is one thing…preparing them for their leadership roles is another. In other words, training. It’s not a one-time deal and it definitely needs to be customized to fit different individual potential leaders.
To know how to train potential leaders and fill the empty positions, you must first establish the need of the organization. So there are a set of questions which need to be answered:
- What does the organization need?
- As the leader in-charge of training, how can I contribute in the process?
- What am I looking for / what do I need from the potential leader?
Now that the questions have been asked (and hopefully answered), it’s time to start the training process. Of course, you don’t just go dive head-on, you always have to develop the foundation. There’s no better way than to build a relationship on a personal level. This is needed in order to be able to share your vision / dream and the goals you’re thinking of achieving in order to live the dream. From here, you need to determine if the potential leader will be committed to share this dream with you. Finally, the scope of the responsibilities of the potential leader need to be clearly articulated. You don’t want confusion and finger-pointing at the end of the day.
Now the ‘fun’ part begins…the training itself. Here are five steps:
- I model – there’s no better way to teach something than to first show it’s done.
- I mentor – next, get them to do it with you side-by-side
- I monitor – time to trade places and get him/her to do it while you watch
- I motivate – loosen the leash a little and let him/her get the freedom to execute the tasks
- I multiply – this time, it’s his/her turn to teach other potential leaders and pass down what they’ve learned
Once these potential leaders become leaders themselves, the three Rs become higher (rewards, risks, and responsibilities). Certain levels of authority come with it and it is up to him/her how to progress through them. Of course, don’t ever forget to check up on them. Just because they’ve passed all the tests today doesn’t mean they’ll continue to do so (even yourself). You have to follow-up on them periodically and conduct meetings and such.