There are numerous occasions throughout my life where I have found a co-worker, a colleague, a leader, and even myself, in need of a decision regarding our current choice of employment. We have all been there, we know what that feels like. Depending on the reason, maybe it was because of the money, or there was a life-altering event, or it was seasonal/temporary work. Chances are, 9 times out of 10, the prominent reason for why people leave or resign from a position is because of leadership.
Having been on both sides of the fence when someone resigns or changes their job, I know the different emotions of relief and befuddlement that as a manager/leader you can experience when your employees change or leave jobs. But over the years, the only true reason why I ever left any company, was for a better experience because of leadership. I never had problems finding a job with the money that I wanted, yet I bounced around because the leadership I was supposed to follow were building followers, not building and molding other leaders to come forth. I could never figure that out?
Why would my leadership not want me to become a leader like them and grow organically to help the company grow?
The following answer is not one that anyone should be proud of, nor one to look to. There have been multiple empires that have come and gone, some not too long ago, yet if you look at them today, you will see rubble, memories faded, all because of poor leadership. In regards to why my leadership didn’t want me to grow, it is because they didn’t want to create competition, they didn’t want to improve the systems, they only wanted followers to sit and stay to ensure the leader’s paycheck every 2 weeks.
Think about it, if all the employees in a company truly wanted to excel and succeed and be trained to be leaders, any company would grow exponentially if the right leadership was in place. Yet, if poor leadership is in place, 90-day employer reviews will continually be daily re-occurrence. Even strong leaders will not stick around with poor leaders, Tom Searcy w/ Inc.com stated, “Poorly led leaders will choose one of two doors–they will leave or they will become weaker in order to survive”. This has been a transparent leadership failure throughout the ages of the world, yet most of the people in this world aren’t and won’t become leaders, because no one wants to teach us, our system is flawed! The leadership skills that we are taught in today’s economy are not those of abundance where more is better, they would rather continue have the masses follow for their own greed and selfish purpose than to truly help and train and replicate leaders.
The harsh reality of it all, is we have to realize this in our own situation, to have the courage to step out to build your leadership skills of what we know as “the norm” to do something where our loved ones will mock us, yet when we succeed, there is nothing more joyful than helping others do the same!
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