One of the things I enjoy most about being an Executive Director has nothing to do with directing, administration or paperwork (which I don’t enjoy at all!) – it’s helping people develop themselves into better workers, better leaders and better people. However, it’s also one of the things that makes some days very difficult. More difficult than delegating, more difficult than administration or even just doing a job myself.
Because people tend to resist change. I know, I resist it myself. I actually abhor change. Helping people change involves communication. Conversations full of questions, often guiding questions that lead to self discovery are paths to help people change. This can also be emotionally exhausting, because what you’re doing is pouring yourself, your knowledge and your experiences into someone else. However, if you want to be an inspiring leader, this is what it’s all about. Many think that leadership is all about making decisions, being in charge and telling others what to do. For this reason they resist leadership – all that scares them. And yes, there are times when you have to do all of the above. But if you’re a good leader, or even a great leader, you know that to do those things too often diminishes your leadership in the eyes of those you lead.
Effective leadership is all about others. It is about helping others become all they can be. It is about empowering others and letting go of your power. It’s about passing it on.
No matter what level you lead at whether you’re a teacher in an elementary school or a supervisor of a few employees or a principal in a high school – or someone who is just discovering that you’re a leader, this is something you need to know.