As a leader, you can either add yourself to every task and activity your team is attempting to accomplish today, or you can multiply by investing in the ability of your teammates to lead. Instead of adding more of you, you multiply you. In this video, Chris Goede asks Mark Cole, CEO to share the importance of adding value to others and multiplying a leader’s influence.
Lifting Your Lid
In The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell describes the Law of the Lid by saying, “Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness. The lower an individual’s ability to lead, the lower the lid on his or her potential.” If you want to increase your effectiveness, invest in your leadership ability. If you want to increase your organization’s effectiveness, invest in the leadership ability of the people on your team.
When you add value to your organization’s leaders, they will, in turn, multiply value to others. The important act of developing others opens the door for them to add value to their teammates, customers, and you. A Level 1 Leader (from The 5 Levels of Leadership) is a command and control leader whose only influence is their title or position. When you develop your influence beyond your position and help those on your team increase their influence, you will see exponential growth in your organization’s performance and engagement.