A great leader doesn’t take his team with him, he leaves an outstanding team behind him

The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.” – Walter Lippman

Having my morning Jasmine green ice tea at a table near a blooming Magnolia tree after my morning workout. Hope you’re in a confortable place as well, maybe it’s even the weekend when you are reading these lines. I’ll keep it short and sweet. It’s just a quick thought I’ve been wanting to share with you.

Our egos as leaders sometimes get in the way of better judgement. And it’s not rare that I’ve heard leaders braging about their team’s loyalty and the fact that their team will join them even if they leave the company (of course, this post is about managers, not entrepreneurs). It’s common, right? Leaders that take pride in the fact that they will leave the company together with the top players in their team. That is the true proof of an amazing leader in their opinion.

Apart from the ethics (although as a leader you can never be too apart from ethics), I am not saying that it’s something of no value to have a team loyal to you and to your management. However, my core belief is that the best leaders are not the ones people will follow from company to company. These are great leaders with even greater egos.

In my view, the best leaders are those that leave behind them great teams that will continue to run themselves long after the leader has left. As a manager, you should build trust and loyalty for your company. Your job is to build a stunning team that delivers results for a company that you have joined because you believe in it in the first place.

I am definitely not saying that you should never bring people that you have previously worked with to your current company. But to fragment a team you have built means 2 things, from where I’m standing:

  • you ruin your own months’ or years’ work by yourself;
  • you were not a true leader – a true leader is loyal to his team, to his values and to the ones he works with. That for a manager, also means that he should prove loyalty and leadership in relationship to the ones paying him to get a job done. And stealing a team from a company is stealing in the first place. Sorry!

Just my 2 cents… if my thoughts and views inspire you and make your job as a leader more valuable, please feel free to share this post as my goal is to inspire more and more leaders and managers to become the best versions of themselves.

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