Leaders and the 8 ages of man: 11

It is crucial for leaders to understand not only themselves, but also their followers.

One of the qualities leaders can help their followers grow is initiative. However, taking initiative can be risky for some, as it may involve doing something that has not been explicitly requested.

It is important to recognize that when a follower takes initiative, they do so because they believe it is the right thing to do in that moment. Therefore, leaders should help their followers grow in this area.

Initiative is a rare but beautiful commodity that should be celebrated when displayed. Leaders should recognize and thank those who take initiative, while also providing guidance to help them continue to develop this skill.

It is important to remember that if a child takes initiative and is harshly scolded, they will experience guilt, which can hinder their ability to take initiative in the future. Leaders do not want their followers to feel guilty or afraid of taking initiative because they fear discipline.

Leaders should encourage their followers to take initiative, even if it may be difficult for the leader to relinquish control. Self-awareness is key, and leaders should reflect on why they may be uncomfortable with their followers taking initiative.

It is often the need to control that stifles others from taking initiative, which can breed learned helplessness. Great leaders help people become contributors and express their full potential. It is important for leaders to foster an environment that allows for initiative to thrive, as it ultimately leads to growth and success for both the individual and the team.

So, as a question to ponder, in what stage of human development are you?

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