Every big idea needs this

Nothing of significance can happen without the aid of other people. Part of me is getting exhausted with founders, CEOs, politicians, celebrities, and others who get spotlight attention on their work. Sometimes it feels like we are a bit too starstruck. Great, you raised a bunch of capital for a new company. Great, your company grew at a remarkable rate. Great, you got some legislation signed. I get it. Now, let’s look at the reality. Nothing of significance can happen without the aid of other people. The person with the big idea will only have the big idea unless she can enlist others to turn that idea into reality. The people who join us on the journey–our teams–deserve way more credit than they get. Yes, the leader sets the vision. Yes, the leader builds the team. Yes, the leader keeps the team moving toward the bigger mission. It’s the team, however, that is executing on the work everyday. Here’s one way we can honor them: Increase their visibility. When you have meetings with the people above you, spotlight one of your team members. When you are meeting with clients, talk to them about individual team members and note their strengths. In essence, find opportunities to make members of your team more visible. Everybody enjoys a little spotlight attention.

by Jonathan Wilson

Jonathan is the Head Coach at Sandcastle Company, a Seattle-based leadership training organization. His first book, Future Leader: Rebooting Leadership to Win the Millennial and Tech Future [link], is now available. Jonathan regularly writes and speaks about The New Leader Way, leadership resilience, and the future of work. He has years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, a master's degree from Seattle University, and professional coach training from the University of Miami.

Filed under: Leadership

Published on April 24, 2019

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