During my career in the military, I had the opportunity to work with many different leaders. Some leaders were good, and some were bad, but a few were great! What made the great leaders great? They invested time in growing their leaders.

Midway through my career, I met my first great leader. When I reported for my first day, my leader sat me down and explained his leadership philosophy. He told me his job was to help me achieve my goals.

As I sat in his office, I was not sure what he meant by that statement. However, I was afraid to speak up. I guess my leader saw the confusion on my face because he asked me if I was okay. I asked him to explain what he meant. He started to laugh, and over the next hour, he peppered me with questions about my goals and aspirations.

When we finished our meeting, I left wondering what was going to happen next. Well, over the next two years, in addition to my regular responsibilities, my leader gave me additional duties to grow as a leader. When he moved to his next assignment, I was ready to step into his shoes and lead the team.

It was a lot of work but a rewarding experience. Throughout my career, I never forgot the lessons I learned from him. As I assumed different leadership positions, I modeled the lessons I learned for this great leader.

When I assume a leadership position, during my first one-on-one meeting with my team members, I explain my purpose is to help them achieve their goals. Based on their response, I give them specific opportunities to help them grow as leaders.

Why should you, as a leader, take time to invest in others? Because when you grow your team, it expands your influence and frees you to achieve bigger goals.

“When you stop asking, ‘What can I do for others to help then? and start asking, “What can I do with others to train them? You shift from addition to multiplication.”

– John Maxwell

Great leaders multiply themselves by teaching others to do what they do and training them to teach others to do the same thing, multiplying everyone’s effort and effectiveness.

To be a great leader, follow the advice of Ralph Nader, who said, “I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” When you help others achieve their goals, you will not only change their world, but you will also change your world.

Are you changing your world by multiplying leaders?


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