A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd
So many people in leadership spend a lot of time wanting to be “in the crowd” instead of leading the crowd. No doubt it is hard to turn our backs to the cheering crowd — it seems so fun to be in the middle of it all, but everyone who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd.
Why? Because leadership is strengthened when a few willing and wise members who are under the guidance of a great leader will learn, watch and grow and then produce other great leaders. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
This is beautiful, but undoubtfully it is hard to do. It is hard to focus on the improvement of each individual, focus on the next steps and vision and forget a bit about the results.
It is a fact that many companies focus very much on technical and skills training and forget to train and educate the leaders and managers. Since they are a crucial factor in everything that happens inside an organisation, it is essential to be up-to-date and always learn new skills.