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Early in their careers, young
leaders tend to be concerned
They ask: what can others
do for me? They spend the
bulk of their time trying to
get other people interested in their ideas
and abilities. To this end, they trumpet their
accomplishments and show off their knowl-
edge. In short, they try to win others over
by being impressive.
As they mature, leaders begin to under-
stand that they will go farther by focusing
first on the advancement of others. They
ask: what can I do for you? Instead of trying
to impress others, they search for ways to
show how they are impressed by others.
Their goal is to convince people of two sim-
1) I care about you and
2) I want to help you.
One of the best ways to demonstrate that
you are looking out for the interests of your
teammates is to do something for them that
they cannot do for themselves. Not only
does this empower your people, it brings personal
fulfillment to you.
As John Bunyan said, "you have not lived today
until you have done something for someone who can
never repay you." We re designed to make a difference
in the lives of others, and our own life becomes more
meaningful when we do.
What to do for others that they can't do
(1) Introduce them to people they can t know on
As a leader gains influence with people, her personal
network grows. One of the best ways leaders can
open doors for others is by connecting them to poten-
tial mentors, coaches, or business partners.
(2) Take them to places they can t go on their own.
When touring historic homes or museums, you ll
occasionally encounter a wing of the building that s
off limits to the public. Usually there s a sign com-
municating that the area is for "authorised personnel
only," and the doors are locked to prevent people
from entering. Aren t you always curious what is in
the restricted areas?
A good leader grants people access to places they
otherwise cannot go. Practically, this may involve
financial support, or setting aside money in the team
budget so that people can attend conferences or par-
ticipate in training experiences that they otherwise
could not afford.
(3) Offer them opportunities they can t reach on
Figuratively, leaders put the cookies on the lower
shelf. They place opportunities within reach of their
people. This involves giving power to others. Leaders
have authority that others lack; their position autho-
rises them to make decisions, exercise influence, and
allocate resources. Instead of wielding power per-
sonally, they can delegate decision-making to others,
give teammates a chance to lead meetings, or allow
their people a greater role in the budgeting process.
(4) Share with others ideas they don t possess on
Young leaders cannot possibly learn everything
they need to know from a textbook. Since they do
not have experience, it s important for them to borrow
it from someone else. Perhaps the most precious
resource a seasoned leader can share with the next
generation is the wisdom gained through past expe-
rience in the form of a principle or proverb.
Thoughts to ponder
As a leader, do I usually focus on others and their
interests or on my own agenda?
What can I do for my teammates that they cannot
do on their own?
Infinite Possibilities Ltd proudly announces our Leadership Con-
ference on June 10, 2014 at the National Academy for the Per-
forming Arts featuring prolific author, speaker, coach and leadership
expert, John C Maxwell.
Dr Maxwell is an internationally renowned leadership expert,
coach, and author with more than 22 million books sold. He
founded The John Maxwell Company and EQUIP, organisations
that have trained more than 5 million leaders in 185 countries.
A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Business Week
best-selling author, Maxwell's The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
has sold more than two million copies. Developing the Leader
Within You and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader have
each sold more than one million copies.
For this conference, Dr Maxwell will be discussing the content
of his book, The Five Levels of Leadership which explains that
all leaders fall into one of five levels. These teachings allow you
to identify which level you're currently at, and what needs to be
done to move forward to the ideal leadership level for your personal
and organisation goals.
This leadership conference is a one-day event, with Dr Maxwell
being the speaker for the entire duration. This is to ensure all
participants get the maximum benefit. There will also be a book
signing subsequent to the conference, where people will have
the opportunity to get their copy signed by Dr Maxwell.
Ask not what
can do for you...
JOHN C MAXWELL
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