Above all, leaders need good people to surround them.
No organisation – large or small – can operate productively when the boss is doing all the doing and they are surrounded by people who cannot deliver the highest quality performance themselves.
So it’s imperative to ensure that any team has members that deliver the very best results as individuals, as well as contributing to team outputs overall too.
Whilst having a whole range of leadership skills are important, one of the most productive is to be able to ensure that there is a constant pipeline of capable people in your team. In a bigger picture, leaders of the very biggest businesses need to have talent research and acquisition high on their agendas.
At local level, team leaders can have even more vital impact on those they can influence to become dynamic and useful members of their team. Sometimes development of individuals already in place is where the value gets added; in other situations, finding and recruiting potential is where the biggest rewards come from.
As leader, the role is to create the best environment for talent to flourish and this really requires good leadership to set the scene for such opportunities to be found and utilised, for the benefit of all.