Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had some LEADERSHIP…Now stop singing and start reading!
Are leaders are born or if they are made? The answer is both. With the assumption that all leaders being human, they are in fact born but the $500 Millionaire feels that as people experience life, leaders are then molded and their skills sharpened. Just because you have a dominating personality or have been given a “Tittle” does not mean you are leading. The $500 Millionaire always reminds me that true leadership involves people. If you think you are leading and no one else is following, then you are just taking a walk.
Leadership is similar to farming. Farming is such a difficult business because there are SO many variables that can change the end result. From things in your control to environmental issues that are not in your control, you need to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. The bottom line is that you can not force the results of farming just like you can not force the results in leadership.
Like in farming, when it comes to leadership, the $500 Millionaire feels there are certain steps you need to take to farm successfully and naturally. Also by farming naturally (no preservatives) your farm will naturally last longer and your output would most likely be of higher quality. Natural crops are noticeably better in quality than un-natural, the only thing is it is a lot harder and takes much more time.
Both Farming and Leadership is VERY simple but just because something is simple does not mean it is easy. The more complex you make it, the harder it is. On a VERY simple basis, the steps to farming are as followed… you first set the field, then you plant the product, in order for the product to grow, the farmer needs to give nutrients needed to grow. Then the plant grows, it is harvested and the cycle begins. If the farmer follows the first three steps correctly, the rest will usually happen naturally.
The farmer never has to tell the plants to grow. The farmer never has to ask the plants to do anything. The plants just do what the plants are supposed to do naturally. If you take the time in begging to prep the field, plant the seeds, and the MOST important part, give the product the CORRECT nutrients to grow, they then will grow.
When was the last time you had to be a leader? The $500 Millionaire sees people spending most of their time focussing on the end result. Sitting there and wondering why they have to tell their people the SAME thing over and over again. Most “leaders” think there is something wrong with the people they are “leading” The problem is with the so-called “leader”.
Your time and energy needs to be focused on the first three phases, not the last three. Each roll of leadership is different but the principal phases are usually the same so please make sure to insert what your example of each phase is
1)The Prepping of the Field- Making sure that you have systems in place for your people to succeed. Making sure there is no issue with the soil is important for the life of the crop.
2) The Planting of the Field-Creating the right team. Put the right people in the right spots. Making sure they are put in a position where they can actually succeed and grow.
3) FEED– You need to feed your people with whatever they need to succeed. When you become a leader, your job goes from people working for you, to you now working for them. You need to know what their needs are, if that is Water, Fertilizer, Sun Light, Heat…Guidance, Education, Direction, motivation…whatever it is you need to give it to them otherwise they will not grow.
By focussing on the first three phases, you will not ever have to worry about the results (Growing, Harvesting, Replanting), they are bound to come. Leadership is a bit easier than farming because if you do the first three steps correct, you do not even have to do the second three. Growing people is impossible if you focus on the end result. Instead, the $500 Millionaire suggests for you to focus on the beginning and the early phase of development. You put a strong foundation there, the Plants will grow themselves, just like people will lead themselves.
Thinking leaders are just born is like thinking vegetables just come from the Grocery Store (you may laugh but there are people in this country who do not know that Vegetables are grown on farms and thing the actually come from the store). Remember, Leaders like Veggies, do not just appear, they are formed and grown over time. Creating leaders is not an event but a process that if done correctly can last a life time and if done incorrectly, could waste a lifetime.
Please pass this along to anyone you know who is having issues with growing and developing people (INCLUDING THEMSELVES). You can not develop leaders if you are not a leader yourself. One of the $500 Millionaire’s biggest joy in life is growing people. It is the most rewarding feeling while working with someone.
Suggested Reading: Launching a Leadership Revolution- Chris Brady and Orin Woodward http://www.launchingaleadershiprevolution.com/
Suggested Action for This Week: Welcome questions as they will help you better understand why you are doing what you are doing. Understand that if someone is asking you questions, they are eager to LEARN.