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You’ll fail apart from surrounding yourself with talented people. This means: Great leaders identify and develop great leaders.

By Dan Rockwell?

One of my favorite Jack Welch quotes is,

“The team with the best players wins.” (You mean well coordinated and totally loyal to the team game?)

But, how do you identify the best players? Look for those who are:

  1. Already active.
  2. Frustrated. They look around and don’t like what they see.
  3. Give voice to complaints and frustrations. Those who won’t say what’s wrong are dangerous. (They are those retained in the failed teams?)
  4. Seeking evidence. They say, “Prove it.” Show them what works.
  5. Grateful for opportunity. They need to matter. Give them purpose and you’ve won their hearts.
  6. Fearful at first; courageous in the end. Those without fear don’t appreciate the challenges of leading. Small successes fuel courage.
  7. Passionate. They care deeply.


Frustration indicates they want more. They aren’t satisfied.

Apart from dissatisfaction everything stays the same.

Look for frustration with self and/or frustration with circumstances. I’ll take either. But I prefer both.

Key factor: How future leaders learn to deal with frustration determines success. Some degenerate into whiners others escalate into difference-makers.

More on dissatisfaction: Walking the Leadership Tightrope.

Team building:

Team building is perhaps the most challenging and important activity of future leaders. Few are good at it – even fewer seek it. They see themselves at the center, which is fine at the beginning. Exponential success depends on a future leader’s ability to participate in and build teams. (That means building as many teams as your vision increases?)

What do you look for in a future leader?

Dan Rockwell wrote: “Only Fools Never Change” and described a personal experience.

He said:

I worked for a boss who greedily grabbed the good projects and gave garbage jobs to others.

She was a real go-getter who came in early and stayed late. I learned she was:

  1. Looking out for number one. It was all about her, even when she was being helpful.
  2. Distrustful. Her distrust made others reluctant to take risks.
  3. Fearful down deep. Disagreements were always taken personally.
  4. Manipulative and easily manipulated by office gossips. Her fear that something bad might get to her boss made her paranoid.

She knew how to get the job done so the boss kept her around, even though the office, for the most part, despised her.

The trouble with greedy go-getters is they get the job done.


The leadership journey is dotted with switchbacks and profound shifts in thinking.

Growing leaders think one way at the beginning and another at the end.

Wise leaders say, “I used to think…, but now I realize…”

Only fools never change.

Switchbacks in leadership thinking:

  1. Finding solutions to finding problems.
  2. Spotlighting self to spotlighting others.
  3. Making statements to asking questions.
  4. Heads down to heads up; from small picture to big.
  5. Enjoying credit for self to giving credit to others.

Bob Burg explains a counter intuitive leadership-switchback in his book, “The Go-Giver.”

Fundamental shift:

Focus on giving more than getting.

Go-getters do well. Go-givers do better!

Great leaders are go-getters when it comes to giving. The first law of the go-getters is the law of value:

Your true worth is determined by how much more you give in value than you take in payment.

The last law protects go-giving from martydom.

The key to effective giving is to stay open to receiving.

Jack Welch said, “Great leaders have a generosity gene.”

What shifts in thinking have you had on your leadership journey?

Bonus material: PDF of all Five Laws of the Go-Giver.

Buy, “The Go-Giver.”






January 2022

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