Do you lead other leaders?
If you answered “Yes!,” then you know there are some unique challenges in leading leaders. If you haven’t thought about leadership within that framework, I would invite you to give it some consideration.
Put modesty and humility aside for just a moment, and think about what makes you a good leader…
You have a vision. You are a good communicator. You have a certain skill set or depth of knowledge about your industry. You have experience. You are able to influence people and motivate them toward a goal.
All of these things together help make you a good leader.
What about your followers who also have these same skills? Is there conflict for them in being a good follower while also being a good leader?
In his book, “Leading Leaders,” Jeswald W. Salacuse attacks these issues head on. He breaks them up into seven key areas. As summarized in the book, they are:
- Direction: How do you negotiate a vision for the organization that other leaders will buy into?
- Integration: How do you make stars a team?
- Mediation: How do you resolve conflicts over turf and power among other leaders so the organization can move forward?
- Education: How do you educate people who think they are already educated?
- Motivation: How do you move other leaders who already seem “to have everything” to do the right thing for the organization?
- Representation: How do you lead your organization’s outside constituents while still leading leaders inside?
- Trust Creation: How do you gain and keep other leaders’ trust, the vital capital that your own leadership depends on?
I’m anxious to hear your experiences.
How do you create a space in which your followers who are leaders can shine? How do you bring all of their strengths together in a united purpose? How do you handle these challenges?
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