so many leaders obsess about finding the right strategy, so many leaders obsess about finding the right strategy; the best leaders obsess about developing and empowering the right people.
as leaders, we don’t bet on strategies, we don’t bet on products, we don’t bet on ideas, we bet on people
A critical leader often points out what’s wrong, and rarely what’s right. Critical leaders produce insecure followers. Critical leadership creates a climate of fear.
The insecure leader gives blame, but the strong leader takes responsibility. Show people what they did right, then show them what they can do better.
A rescuing leader dives in and is always ready to help, but sometimes they help too much. They care so much about the people they lead, they start doing all the work for them.
Why are you a rescuing leader? Because, you have an unconscious need to feel valued, and, there’s no better way to feel valued than to be a savior.
This rescuing leader creates helpless followers.
It’s the person who’s addicted, and the family continues to overcompensate for that person’s behaviors. It’s the person that is always broke, and someone continues to give them money, and it ends up not helping the situation. In the end, it ends up hurting them.
As a leader, what we tend to do is we look at someone in the organization and say, he or she isn’t doing this right, so instead of helping the team member learn and grow, the rescuing leader does the work. Jumps in, and gets in the way of the growth process and does the work. To the rescuer, what does it feel? This feels good, it feels loving, it feels helpful. But, any neutral observer’s gonna know you are not helping that person succeed, you’re actually making things get worse.