Yesterday while taking my oldest son back to college, I heard the country song “A little less talk, and a lot more action”. Then, this morning, I read this from Mac Lake:
I’ve said it for years, “Leadership development is best done in the context of relationships”. I honestly believe if we neglect the “be with” element of leadership development we will not be effective at developing high quality leaders. Why? Because we can teach someone a leadership principle in a class setting and lodge it in their mind. But it’s only through relationship with another leader they get to see that principle lived out in real life leadership.
It seems that many of us as leaders need to stop talking so much (in large room settings) and acting out a little more (in one-on-one mentoring relationships).
Part of leadership is leading. (Duh). You can’t do that entirely from the pulpit or classroom.
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Do you agree with Mac? How is the best way to train up leaders? What works for you? And what keeps YOU from establishing one-on-one time to build leaders?