It is no surprise that leaders vary in their ability to empower others. Some rule. Others govern.
In fact, I would guess that only a small percentage of leaders actually focus on servant leadership. Some have de facto leadership positions, others are named as a successor, and unexpected leaders are those assume the helm without endorsement.
Yet, shouldn’t we all aspire to be mindful of serving others? But, why?
The short answer is simple: Leaders leave a legacy for others. Period. There is no bonus along the way. There are neither meritorious awards nor accolades to receive. Leaders must share the knowledge that they have and what they know. It is through this sharing and mentoring process that leaders replicate their vision and values and create a new roster of leaders.
So, the next time you observe a leader in action be sure to take note. Is he or she doing what they can and must to share their expertise and insight? Are they training and mentoring and supporting others?
That is what lives on and truly what remains after any leader is gone.
-Dawn McCoy, author Leadership Building Blocks: An Insider’s Guide to Success.