Great leaders typically have careers and resumes that feature a long and impressive list of successful personal accomplishments. However, simply focusing on the goal of growing this list and enhancing one’s own career should never be the top priority of a good leader. In fact, if you are the type of leader who places personal advancement and self-aggrandizement as your main focus, those you lead will quickly sniff out this self-centered motivation and be less inclined to work hardest for you, for the team or for the organization.
In a healthy leadership culture, the leader creates an environment that supports and encourages the advancement of the entire team. Leadership support includes empowering the team and giving them the freedom to accomplish initiatives, making resources available, giving access to skill improvement (training) programs, as well as providing overall encouragement. Encouragement includes the positive; voicing praise for individual contributions to the team’s success, as well as effectively handling the negative in a respectful and sensitive manner.
Ultimately, if a leader can make the team feel fulfilled as a team, it will sense the leader’s broader motivation and feel more inclined to contribute to and to support the leader’s vision for organizational success.