I came away from the experience, feeling good about the future of all of the contestants.
I also came away with a leadership tip for you.
My leadership tip for you this week is to heighten your awareness of the people in your organization who have leadership potential, then find opportunities for them demonstrate their potential.
This is an important part of your job.
One of the high school contestants started his presentation with something like … “We all know there are leaders and we all know there are followers. But many of us forget there are those with leadership potential”.
He then highlighted some individuals who were not originally considered or viewed as leaders in their field. However, after given the chance to demonstrate their potential, they blossomed into exceptional leaders.
I smile when I heard this because the student speaker was exactly right. When he completed his presentation, my mind flashed back to my career where individuals with potential in the company I worked with went unnoticed by many.
Recognizing the talent, providing them an opportunity and the support to be successful, helped our organization (and me, as their leader) be successful.
You may have heard the age old formula for leaders to be successful; surround yourself with people better than you and you will be successful. I subscribe to this. Do you?
Many leaders in many of today’s organizations (not you) don’t. They are more protective of their ‘turf’ and too insecure to provide the leaders with potential an opportunity to shine. This is short term thinking and will not help you achieve your potential.
I’m thrilled to see a high school kid from Texas recognizes the importance of potential … and inclusion. I sincerely hope you do as well.