In one my visits to a client office lately, a young CEO who ordinarily should be focusing on the future and adding more to his achievements shocked me by announcing that he is reducing the roles he plays in the company in order to prevent hitches or total shut down in case anything happens to him. Prior to his statement, I’m one of the few persons that strongly believe a business should operate an independent identity from that of its owner and also function independently as well. In the last interview that Rich Tanksley granted Tush Magazine, he said “I always try to hire people that are smarter than me, and get the obstacles out of their way, that’s my leadership style.” It’s the only leadership style that can guarantee a business’s growth and progress for a long time with or without a particular leader/individual.
Whatever excuses and fears that will prompt a business owner to actively engage in all the activities of his/her business even till old age or during ill health can be addressed by modern technology. A business leader should function actively while he/she can and also have eyes for competent persons that can surpass his/her own performance when given the chance. A leader is the opposite of a boss, while most leaders command subordinates who happily show loyalty and total dedication to their duties; bosses only succeed at instilling fears in their subordinates which affect performance adversely in their absence.
A leader manages his/her team by identifying potentials and nurturing them fully, it is also easy for a leader to spot talent when choosing those he/she wants to work with. Most great leaders exhibit a high level of emotional intelligence which makes it easier for them to understand and deal with their team on individual bases and thus improving overall productivity.
This article was written by Sule Muhammed Lawwal