As a business leader, it is your responsibility to not only lead
your team now, but to also prepare the next generation of leaders. Eventually,
you will leave your post. You do not want to leave behind a crumbling
organization. You want everything that you have started to continue to
You need to remember that the person who might follow your footsteps
is not necessarily among the current high-ranking leaders in the team. Even
regular employees could step up to take the post if given the opportunity. As a
leader, these are some ways that you help
others become future leaders.
Send them to events
If there are conferences, seminars or workshops outside the office,
you need to give employees the chance to attend. It is their chance to build a
network. It also makes
them feel confident representing your company. They will converse
with like-minded individuals outside work. They gain new knowledge that they
could use if it is their turn to lead the team. If they are interested in
pursuing further education, you need to allow them to do it. You do not
necessarily have to fund their studies if your company could not afford it, but
you can give them flexible working time to accommodate their class schedule.
Give them more responsibilities
You might have to shake things up a bit by giving
these potential employees a different task to accomplish. You will
also know if they will step up to the plate or they will allow themselves to
fall. Either way, these responsibilities will test their potentials and allow
self-assessment. Potential leaders who are not confident, but are willing to
try, will come to you and ask questions. It is a sign that they could be the
next team leaders that you are looking for.
Be a mentor
You also need to open yourself up for mentorship. Open the doors of
your office if there are questions from the employees or if there are details
that they need to learn, and you are the only source of information. Although
it is a good idea to allow them to figure things out on their own, it also
helps if you provide a little push through mentorship. Besides, you have
invaluable experience that could give them more ideas.
Allow them to commit mistakes and own up to it
You did not become
a leader overnight. You stumbled several times along the way, but
you keep standing up to continue the fight. You also need to understand these
people will go through the same process. If they commit mistakes, you cannot
conclude that they are not going to be leaders. You let them fall and see what
they will do next. As long as they own up to it and promise to do better, it
shows that they could be great leaders. The problem with some leaders today is
that they are too proud to admit mistakes. If you have taught this value
earlier on, it will be eventually imbibed.
Hopefully, you can find the right people to lead the team soon and
be proud of them.
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