“No leader, however great, can long continue unless he wins victories,” said Bernard Law Montgomery.
Quoted by John C. Maxwell in his book, “The 5 Levels of Leadership,” Montgomery’s words highlight the point of the third level of leadership: Production.
The idea behind Production is that people follow you because of what you have done for the company or organization. They see you are getting results and making an impact. The leader is actually doing stuff, and typically, a team will follow that example.
Maxwell quotes Colin Powell to further his point: “You can issue all the memos and give all the motivational speeches you want, but if the rest of the people in your organization don’t see you putting forth your very best effort every single day, they won’t either.”
Maxwell gives six steps on “how to make the most of production in leadership:”
Now, you know as a leader of your business, of your Box, you need to produce results. But, you can’t let that override what I’ve talked about previously in the Permission level of leadership, where people follow you because they want to. It’s finding a balance between producing results and building relationships with your team. No one wants a leader who drives them to the breaking point just to see results!
However, it’s essential to remember that your business cannot remain static. It has to move and change and grow. Look at Norcal CrossFit and Brick CrossFit. Both Boxes have embraced change in various ways, allowing them to grow and expand to new markets.
So, the first question you should ask is are you producing change and making an impact in your business? Then, you need to ask if you are inspiring the rest of your team to do the same.