Perhaps I should keep this post short. If we all read and took action on the three word title of this post, we would all be more effective starting today and forever.
I was reminded to share this key leadership skill with you today because of the quotation I shared in our Powerquotes Plus newsletter yesterday.
– Harvey S. Firestone
By most any material measure, Harvey Firestone succeeded – and did so permanently. He helped create an industry, employed thousands, and his enterprises continue to do so. Harvey Firestone clearly mastered strategic leadership. It seems that in this short quotation he gave a one secret to his success.
I haven’t taken the time to explore the corporate history and philosophy (but it seems like a good idea) of Firestone, but this statement alone tells me a lot.
It tells me that Harvey Firestone believed in leadership coaching before it was “in vogue”. It tells me that he believed in developing others for the right reasons – to make a difference in the world.
As a leader never lose sight that as we develop others we aren’t just doing it “for the business”, but because as we support, encourage, lift up and coach those around us, we are making a real difference in their lives and therefore in the world at large.
Here then is your leadership challenge and leadership activity for the day:
Who can I help develop today?
What can I do specifically?
And when will I get started?