To be or to not be a Leader

Courtesy of Shutterstock.comBeing a great leader doesn’t mean you’re strong enough, smart enough or good enough to take all things on your own. In fact, leadership is the exact opposite. But, we all lose sight of that from time to time.

Personally, as I grow in my leadership journey I find myself going through peaks and valleys, exploring different strategies and totally losing sight of quality leadership from time to time.

We are human and it’s bound to happen. But, as a leader the most important thing I’ve learned is to empower leaders around me and surround myself with them.

Being a great leader is defined by having those follow you, but no one wants to be ordered, especially in society today. People want to feel empowered, trusted and motivated.

The best leaders in the world have a whole slew of other leaders around them they trust to help steer the ship. At our company I have many leaders that I trust day in and day out to help me get words on pages and into your hands.

Over the past five years we have grown by leaps and bounds, adding additional members to our sales team and growing our editorial staff to handle multiple publications. None of that could have been accomplished if I had been an ego-centric leader. I’m proud to say that we’ve had minimal turnover in the past five years.

How do you empower those people around you? As an Affiliate, you probably have Coaches you trust to open and close a gym, and then you might have Coaches you trust to just coach. There is nothing wrong with worrying about the level of care you may receive from your Coaches. Not all your Coaches will be leaders – leading a class doesn’t make you a great leader.

As a leader you need to be able to identify other possible leaders around you. That doesn’t mean you show favoritism, but you need to search out your first additional leader and work with them to grow as a leader themselves and to develop more leaders.

Once you establish a leadership team, it’s time to call to action leadership meetings. You must set time for you and your leaders to discuss your Box and your teaching tactics. In those meetings you well help each other become better leaders, which will serve your other employees and members all the way down the ladder.

Tyler is a former editor of Box Pro Magazine.