The day after I presented a leadership lesson on "Delivering Results" I got this note of appreciation from one of the participants. “Thank you for your leadership lesson. You successfully reduced your value.” Out of context, you might think this is a very questionable complement.
On 29 April 2012, I posted a very controversial leadership concept that suggested it is all our responsibility to teach the people we lead everything we know. By doing this, we would reduce our value in the organization and taken to the extreme, become redundant (0 par value). It is then the leader’s responsibility to re-tool their skill-set or move on to a new challenge. This helps explain while large organizations often appear to have a lot of churn. The complement above was the result of my sharing this concept with the class participants and one student following up with a very witty email.
Do you have the gumption to make yourself redundant? Do you drive your value down and up at the same time? Would you force your own removal?