Someone just asked me what I think good leadership is. There are hundreds of ways to answer that question. And they’re all correct. But what I said in that moment was this: a good leader is someone who knows how to make those around her successful. To find a great leader, look for a great team. Look for engaged and enabled followers. Look for people who think independently, yet act for the well-being of all.
But I’d even go farther than that. I think the mark of a good leader is that they make the people around them into good leaders themselves.
The U.S. military call leader development process third generation leadership. Their program is a success not if it turns out great leaders, but if it makes great leaders who themselves develop great leaders. Think of it as teaching teachers to develop their students into great teachers, or parenting with your grandchildren in mind. (more…)