Book Report on John C. Maxwell’s DEVELOPING THE LEADERS AROUND YOU
Chapter 1: Am I Raising Up Potential Leaders
This chapter basically talks about the need to raise potential leaders in a company in order for it to successfully grow and expand. The faster a company nurtures good leaders, the faster it can grow. Potential leaders are those that can help carry the load by cooperating with one another, not with competing with one another. A working atmosphere fostered by competitiveness within will only ruin the harmony and culture in the company.
Raising up potential leaders first starts with you. Once you think that you are a good leader, find people who are just like you, or better (or have the potential to be better). Growing leaders should not utilize an addition formula but a multiplication formula. One should be able to nurture leaders who are also able to nurture other leaders so that when the time comes for expansion or a replacement of staff, things progress smoothly.
Leadership doesn’t mean carrying the load all by yourself. You have to trust the potential of others and nurture it. However, I think that it is important to assess carefully whether a person is capable of the roles and responsibilities that leadership carries. The quote that struck me the most was from Andrew Carnegie’s epitaph:
“Here lies a man who was wise enough to bring into his service men who knew more than he.”