Many companies get to a point where you have to have some lieutenants to help forward the mission. So you corral your top talent, real stars who get it, care about the mission and yet, have been taught little, if any, leadership skills. Maybe a couple of them served our great country through one of the armed forces, maybe one was the captain of the football team or the majorette in charge of the drill team in college. But overall, we all grow up, refrain, most of us grow up having to learn leadership from in front of the keyboard, becoming a student teacher, which from what I gather is like the band scene in the movie “Roadhouse” where the crowd was throwing stuff at the band or peering out of the windshield of a service vehicle.
First step, get your core together and ask them what is it they want from a leadership position? Most of the front line assassins simply do not know. It isn’t that they do not want to help, it is simply that many people do not know what leadership looks like, sounds like or moreover, feels like to be sure. Once you get them circled up, it does get easier, for me, we start simple and depending on your group, ours are mid-thirties with a wife/husband and two kids on average. The amount of time that they can spend on personal development can be impaired fairly significantly until the kids are of a functional age and that the spouse of said employee or team member realizes that the effort by their partner may well indeed pay off later in life. Learn how to deal with the DIMK’s (Dual Income Multiple Kid’s) group, they make up our future and current leaders.
As a male, I can attest to the fact that we on average do not mentally mature until we are in our mid thirties or at least 74.5% of us. That isn’t a bad thing, it just is, deal with it, pace yourself, your expectations and work through it. As a male doing what I can to serve the female members of our team, they do get it much faster, they also tend to have many more responsibilities than their hairier spouses, it all will come in time. Just keep the faith, keep the energy flowing and work on your on expectations as to what you can expect from this next generation of EXCELLENT leaders you are shepherding.
Parting thought, Do Not Not Do This, It Is Important, We all need the next generation to be strong, keep the faith even on those days when you feel that ... whatever feeling.