I will start off with a well said and perfect quote, "Leaders lead Leaders".
Back in the day, when a new staff, new graduate, or one simply stepping into the workforce for the first time- there was that person(s) that would welcome you and pledge to take you under their wing. This would include making sure you knew the ropes to include but not be limited to all policies, rules, tips, and tricks to be the best employee you could be. In addition, if you were that one with the something extra, you may hear " I am going to train you on everything and one day you'll have my job".
Unfortunately, this phrase or form of words are not hear often nowadays. We've surveyed and found that many of today's workers feel stuck with no room to advance. This is due to ideas such as small organizations, leaders having no where to advance, and leaders simply not confident in moving forward or less the skills to do so. This is a true impact on the way forward for many organizations (non-profit and for-profit). This could be a challenge for encouraging future employees to join your organization, remain loyal to the organization, and willing to use their talents to help move the organization forward.
With that being said, leaders should be aware of when the time is present to Step Down, To Step Up in advancement of the organization. Great leaders, lead leaders for such a day of moving their agendas into higher heights. Some of the effects of leaders holding their organizations hostage include but are not limited to
1. Visionary. Without full understanding that the idea should or could be better carried out by someone else.
2. Faith. Not having faith in those up and coming leaders being trained for such time.
3. Implement. Not allowing those with talents to spring into action at best.
4. Limitations. Causing or posing limitations to those in leadership role, ready and willing to step up.
5. Fear. This could cause a domino effect to many companies heading and in need of next level leaders. Fear could cause others to fear and keep current leader still; further promoting the company to become immobile in its efforts and ability to advance.
6. Pause. This person could potential cause others to deliberately miss out on great opportunities (internal).
As a progressive leader, it is encouraged that you trust in the process and your own leadership. This will guide you to knowing when its time to move forward, next level, next steps. Every great leader is girded with a plan of action and is not threatened by new progressive leadership. Stepping down to step up to a higher calling and next level is vital in feeding your leadership. STEP UP!
If you're interested in exploring your leadership gauges, not sure if you're leading or stalling your staff, or looking for a way to encourage your leadership team, share a message with us via contact.