There seems to be a shortage today of leaders who reproduce leaders. Why? I’m sure there are many reasons but here is one for consideration.
When Cindy and I had our first child it was quite a celebration. Cindy wanted nothing more than to be a momma, but in the first five years of our marriage she miscarried two babies. So on June 21, 1990 when our first son Brandon was born phone lines across the country lit up like crazy. Within hours family and friends everywhere were celebrating with us. There were cards, balloons, presents, meals, and people coming to visit from miles away. All to celebrate the birth of our son.
Thinking back to that day makes me wonder…how do we respond when a current leader reproduces a new leader? Are we celebrating this enough or are we taking the development of new leaders for granted?
Typically we need new leaders, we develop new leaders, we place new leaders…THE END. What about celebrating the reproduction of new leaders? Maybe this is a missing ingredient in our leadership development process. Someone has said, “What gets celebrated gets replicated.” My guess is more people would start to reproduce themselves if we simply took the time to celebrate the development of new leaders.
How would it impact your organization’s culture if you began to celebrate the reproduction of leaders?