The Credibility of Leaders
This is my site Written by Alora on August 10, 2008 – 10:53 pm

People are fickle. We all know that to some extent, but I think it can be especially true when it comes to how people respond to their leaders. People who once inspired us, motivated us, pushed us, challenged us and helped us get better are sometimes quickly cast aside if they stop doing those things.

Cruel as that sounds, I’m not sure it’s really necessarily a bad thing.

Author and coach, Noel Tichy, refers to the notion of “having a teachable point of view” as critical to a Leader’s value. He further says that the entire purpose of a Leader is to help develop the next generation of Leaders.

I think this is a very valuable notion: if the purpose of a Leader is to teach, develop and inspire the people who work for them so that they are well-positioned to become strong Leaders in their own right, then is it really wrong for ‘fallen’ Leaders to lose their followers?

I don’t think it is. A once great Leader who hit burn-out and came skidding to a stop on the shoulder of the road isn’t any less valuable of a person; that doesn’t make them less kind, or compassionate. What it does make them is someone who has to focus on their own issues enough to be able to get back on track and once again be capable of inspiring those who work for them.

Because unless you are inspiring, motivating and developing those who work for and with you, you are NOT a Leader — no matter what your job title.