I can’t tell you how to become a great leader. I still question my own leadership daily. I can, however, tell you how to certainly spot someone who will not. I’ve learned to look for one specific factor.
Do they lead well enough to create time for leadership development?
It’s that simple.
It’s not whether they value leadership development. It’s specifically whether they lead well enough to make time for it. There are many who value it. They want it. They long for it, but they aren’t a strong enough leader to create time for it or a wise enough leader to trade temporary achievement for it.
The leader who creates time for personal leadership development has a chance. The leader whose time is completely consumed by tasks, responsibilities, and the development of others, even though they may succeed for a moment, has no chance at all.
There are no exceptions to this rule.