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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Leading People Is Tough

It's an awesome honor and privilege to lead and develop people to be all God wants them to be, but it's hard work. The only way that it's not hard work to develop people to be the best they can be is to not develop people. I'm not talking about managing tasks or managing people. Managing is a whole lot easier than developing people. Here is a list of why developing people is hard work, but it's well worth the investment:

1. Most people don't step into an organization ready-made. If they are going to be a good leader, you are going to have to develop them.

2. Most people are under challenged. Many people have never really been stretched and challenged to grow and reach their full potential. You have to be willing to challenge them to grow and work hard.

3. When people have been under challenged and show up to a growth and development organization, it shocks their system.

4. Developing leaders is not an overnight process. It takes months and years to develop a great leader. It takes consistent feedback, correction and encouragement.

More tomorrow!