It can be shocking to some, but a lot of leaders weren’t born knowing they were made to lead. In fact, unless someone GIVES them an opportunity to lead, they may never realize their potential.
So, how can you help the leaders around you realize they can change the world?
1. Encourage an Environment of Opportunities
It is so easy to get stuck in a comfort zone. Especially at a job. If you are comfortable doing the same thing every day, without the opportunity to grow, then you never will. If you oversee a team of people, make sure you are giving them situations where they can rise to the occasion. Let them plan an event, or take on a new client (with supervision). You never know who may be a leader!
When you hire a team for your non-profit, or even interns for your ministry, one of the questions you should ask is, “What are you future goals?” If they say they want to do the same thing for the rest of their lives, then you may want to be careful. Make sure to communicate with your potential employees about their ability to rise above. Let them know that their will be leadership opportunities. If they are afraid, then another candidate may be a better hire.
3. Give Feedback and Watch the Response
Leaders, well true leaders, accept criticism well. Good leaders know that they are NEVER done improving. So, giving feedback after a big job, or even a small task, and watching the response can give you a good idea of who could be the next big leader for your cause.
There are many ways to identify leaders. I like to think of the cheesy Shakespeare quote, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” How each of these people respond to this greatness is the key to identifying their success.
Until next time,