A good leader focus on making everyone else better.
Yes, often, in business especially, the best version of others don’t necessarily fit the job description a person needs to fulfill. But a clear, well communicated departure of the professional relationship will make both better going forward. And the departing professionals should feel better about pursuing their adequate role if the communication was done right.
Adding value to others always comes back to you.
From book Trillion Dollar Coach by Eric Schmidt, John Rosenberg and Alan Eagle:
When Brad Smith took over as CEO of Intuit, Bill told him that he would go to bed every
night thinking about those eight thousand souls who work for him. What are they thinking
and feeling? How can I make them the best they can be? Ronnie Lott says, when talking
about two coaches he worked closely with, Bill Walsh and Bill Campbell: “Great coaches lie
awake at night thinking about how to make you better. They relish creating an
environment where you get more out of yourself. Coaches are like great artists getting the
stroke exactly right on a painting. They are painting relationships. Most people don’t spend
a lot of time thinking about how they are going to make someone else better. But that’s
what coaches do. It’s what Bill Campbell did, he just did it on a different field.”
“What keeps you up at night?” is a traditional question asked of executives. For Bill the
answer was always the same: the well-being and success of his people.
* Bill Walsh was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for ten years, from 1979 through 1988. His teams won
three Super Bowls.
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