When a good leader's work is done, his aim fulfilled,
The people say, 'We did it ourselves.'
"The function of leadership is to
produce more leaders, not more followers."
~ Ralph Nader
As an impactful superleader, you must know how
to successfully influence the way people
and coach themselves.
If you are successful in
people, they develop followers who are
productive, work independently, and
need only minimal attention from the superleader.
An important measure of a leader's
own success is the success of his or her followers.
The strength of a leader
is measured by the ability to facilitate the self-leadership of others. The
first critical step towards this goal is to master self-leadership. If
leaders want to lead somebody, they must first lead themselves.
Jack Welch as a SuperLeader
Running the huge GE corporation,
didn't seem like a
He seemed more like a superleader: "I have no idea
how to produce a good TV program and just as little about how to build an
engine...My job is to chose the best people and to provide them with
dollars. That's how the game is played."
Jack Welch abandoned the old
setting goals for
GE's business leaders. "Now, we don't reward them
according to whether or not they reach their
objectives. They're all going
to get paid on their improvement, and they know that. In bureaucratic
companies, they waste a lot of time on making budgets. They waste energy.
The world is changing quickly. We can't afford to waste time in bureaucracy.
GE is an informal company. We trust each other."...
Values-based leadership is
about creating conditions under which
all followers become self-leaders who can perform
independently and effectively toward a shared objective...