Leaders become great, not because of their power,
but because of their ability to empower others!
I was reading once again “The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork” by John Maxwell. I came across this principle and thought it would be a good reminder for us all.
How are you when it comes to crunch time on your team? Do you want the ball, or would you rather it was in someone else’s hands? If there are more talented and effective catalysts on your team, then you should not want to be the go-to-player in a pinch. In those cases, the best thing you can do is get an “assist” by helping to put those people into position to benefit the team. But if you avoid the spotlight because you are afraid or because you haven’t worked as hard as you should to improve yourself, then you need to change your mind-set.
Start to put yourself on the road to improvement by doing the following things:
- Find a mentor. Players become catalysts only with the help of people better than themselves. Find someone who makes things happen to help you along the way.
- Begin a growth plan. Put yourself on a program that will help you develop your skills and talents. You cannot take the team to a higher level if you haven’t gotten there.
- Get out of your comfort zone. You won’t know what you’re capable of until you try to go beyond what you’ve done before.
If you follow these three guidelines, you still may not become a catalyst, but you will at least become the best you can be-and that’s all that anyone can ask of you.