Nine Skills of a Leader Who Creates More Leaders

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The great business writer Tom Peters put it best when he wrote: “Leaders don’t create followers. They create more leaders.”

It’s the kind of quote that makes intuitive sense on the surface and reveals its depth upon closer inspection. We often think of leaders as the people in charge – the men and women who assign roles, divvy up work, and give directions. But being a great leader is more than that. Great leaders don’t just bark orders and expect everyone to fall in line. They understand that great organizations imbue a culture of responsibility and actively work to cultivate new leaders.

Becoming the leader you respect is a difficult path to see, let alone walk. But it is possible, and that’s what I’m going to discuss in this article.

I’ve identified nine skills and practices that will help you become a great leader and foster a culture that’s conducive to developing future leaders, not just followers.

  1. Be authentic

You don’t need to compromise your principles or hide your personality to be a great leader – quite the opposite, in fact. It’s hard to trust someone who doesn’t act like their authentic self, and people are much better at seeing through our work facades than we believe.