"Leadership is influence... nothing more, nothing less." ~J. Maxwell
Friday, September 7, 2012
Making yourself insdispinsible...
I just got off the phone with Kevin Cobb this morning. Among the many subjects that we touched on I
had a ton of questions regarding the season of leadership in which I am
currently living. I don’t get to talk
with Kevin as much as I would like to, but the times that I do are always
fulfilling. As ususal, I had my notebook
and pen in hand, waiting for anything and everything he was going to say. And of course he did not disappoint. He never does. I asked Kevin about what it was going to take
me to continue learning in leadership. I
know that sounds like a trivial and stupid question because we can always get
better, but my question was deeper than that.
The many years I spent under Kevin’s leadership were filled with moments
of wisdom and instances of growth. The
subject of this morning’s talk was: One who follows and learns from others
needs to continue with a yearning for leadership, which will make them indispensible.
Kevin told me that one of his old mentors used to use the
slogan “work yourself out of a job.”
What a great slogan. Cobb
mentioned that too many times people are afraid of losing position in a company
and are afraid to teach others everything they know in fear that they may lose
their job. A true leader needs to come
to a point in his or her mentoring process where they feel comfortable with the
skill sets that God has given them, knowing that teaching others how to lead
and become better will always lead to more and better opportunities. Above that, leaders need to pursue
mentorship. This can be personal
contact, reading blogs, listening to leadership audios, and reading books. I feel I have gotten a handle on this
approach to leadership, probably because I’ve been under Kevin’s supervision
for so many years and continue to seek his advice. I hope that each leader out there continues
to work hard enough to potentially lose their job to somebody else.