Friday, October 05, 2007
John Maxwell's Developing the Leaders in Others is about developing others as leaders. The previous time, it was I who was taken for a leader. It is easy to see that others are not different from me in the potential to become leaders. In all organizations, leaders emerge. I hope that these leaders are good. If I were one, my most important task is to get and keep good people. Most importantly, I have to make leaders out of them. Making leaders out of others is a good mission to do. I remember that people are the only assets in any organization with the unlimited appreciation. All others depreciate, from systems to machines to buildings. On the other hand, persons grow, develop and become more productive and effective. There must be a leader who understands these persons’ value in order to make leaders out of them.
This is important because not all people get appreciated. Some have probably never been appreciated at all in their whole lives. If this is allowed to happen, there will be some who will not be able to show their capability. They may feel inferior all their lives. They may not be able to tap other skills which they excel in. They are not so different from me because we are alike in having strengths and weaknesses. If I have the potential, others have theirs too. If I can do things well, others may do the same, or perhaps even better. If others are conscious that people believe in them, they will have the drive to show what they got. They can develop their leadership capability. They will not be ashamed of what they can do and do well. They will not hesitate to ask help from me and other people who can help them fulfill their duty. They will not remain as nameless personnel because they can accomplish complicated tasks too. They can create and can grow as leaders.
An important insight from the book is that there must be a lifelong commitment to developing potential leaders. This is what people and experiences do to me as well as others. With teachers, I and others get to learn lessons and values that are essential to life and profession. With friends, I and others grow in understanding of one another. With family, I and others recognize more who we are. With different persons dealt with from day to day, I and others become aware of different human conditions. These people and my experiences with them affect my decisions which soon become my character. Some traits from this character build a leader. I believe that the lifelong interaction with people will develop leaders in me and others. Therefore, as our daily experiences form the persons that we are, the people around us must be there for always to achieve a level of leadership.
This insight may help me in school, personal life and work because in all areas, I will nurture, equip and develop others. In school, classmates are characterized by individual differences. Some are brilliant while some are average. It helps to nurture not only the clever students. It is likely that they have been leaders in the past. Their brilliance can carry them on in problem solving, a part of leadership abilities. On the other hand, average classmates just need the right timing to be recognized. They, too, can be leaders. It helps to nurture the possible leader within them. Believing in their capacity to deliver is already inspiring them to become leaders. In my personal life, I have friends who somehow fear shouldering responsibility. Equipping them with the right positive attitude helps them believe in their might. Everyone is capable of becoming leaders. It helps that I trust them in their capacity. However, it helps more if they trust themselves foremost of all. In the future work, there will be colleagues who need time to shine. They need to be recognized for their effort in work. Hence, it is essential to motivate them to come out and shed their shyness. It will be a matter of time when they get recognized, and it should be soon. I hope that my own self will be a model leader for others.
The school, the home and many places besides teem with leaders waiting to be discovered. I have been given the opportunity to prove my worth. It’s now high time to see what others can do as leaders once they are recognized as such. Anyway, everyone is gifted by God with all the potentials to become the best person that he can be.