One of the biggest mistakes a leader can make is not giving their up
and coming leaders enough opportunity to take on leadership
responsibilities. Sometimes it’s from a feeling of not wanting to “give
something up”. Sometimes it’s from not wanting to take the time to do
some training. Whatever the reason, it’s bad for both the current and
upcoming leaders. Here are a few ways that leaders can teach and
encourage new leaders to lead:
- Meetings – Have new leaders take on small roles at
team meetings, and then gradually take on larger roles. In the
beginning, it may be participating in a role play. Gradually they can
work up to conducting a training session.
- Team Calls – As you are making coaching or team
calls, start by having your new leaders listen in. When they feel
comfortable, have them host the call, and you listen in. Eventually
they can take over their own team calls.
- Newsletters – If you create team newsletters to
recognize your team and their accomplishments, allow your new leaders to
contribute by writing featured articles. It’s a great way to build
their credibility and confidence while having their name recognized and
exposed to the team.
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