Nurturing Champions

The silence in the classroom was deathly as all the students stared at the little blind boy who had just been asked by the teacher to help the class find a pet mouse that had gone AWOL (absent without official leave). Without hesitation the blind boy pointed at a spot under some books and sure enough the mouse was found there.

Stevie Wonder

“So what’s this got to do with me?”, I hear you say. If you are interested in leadership, which I know you are, then this has everything to do with you. The blind boy in question went on to become a multi-million dollar celebrity and he attributes the beginning of his self-discovery to this remote incident when his teacher asked for his help in locating a runaway mouse even though he couldn’t see unlike his classmates.

In case you still haven’t figured it out the blind boy was none other that the incredibly talented musical genius Stevie Wonder.

What Stevie’s teacher did is part of nurturing a champion. This is the height of leadership. When you identify potential in people, encourage, challenge, motivate, inspire, reinforce and celebrate their successes you turn poor performance into excellence. How many champions have you nurtured?

They say the best way for you to master any subject is to teach that subject to someone else. You want to be an exceptional leader? If yes then you need to mentor/coach/teach/build someone else to be an exceptional leader. A poor leader blames his followers but a great leader develops average followers/colleagues into outstanding leaders. What type of leader are you?

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