Secret Sauce Sunday: The One Thing

The one thing I would say to leaders – if I could say only one thing – is, “Make  leadership development your priority.” 

Obsessively develop your leadership, if you hope to serve effectively.


Results are the by-product of high expectations, efficient processes, and constant improvement.

The focus of constant improvement in organizations often centers on procedures and processes. But what about people?

The future is about people.

The real test of your leadership is the growth and development of people. 

If personal growth and leadership development are the priority of leadership, the real question is how to inspire growth and development.

Imagine environments that ignite and fuel development.


Community is the essential ingredient in growth and development.

How did you get where you are today? People! There’s a long line of people standing behind you. A teacher or manager took you under his/her wing and ignited your transformation.

Build organizations where people fuel each other’s development.

I imagine organizations that make leadership development a community activity. 

  1. Pull back the curtain and let people see your development. How many people know your current learning-focus? Public learning changes organizational culture.
  2. Ask others about their development. Everyone in your organizations needs a personal development statement. “I’m developing ….” If you can’t describe the focus of your development, you aren’t developing.
  3. Share the books and blogs you’re reading.
  4. Begin meetings with personal stories of growth and development. How are people changing?
  5. Declare your development goals.
  6. Discuss lessons from failure. “I’m working to delegate more effectively, but I find it hard to let go.”
  7. Seek feedback publicly.
  8. Hire people who love learning.
  9. Focus on one simple area of development. You’re too busy to change too many things at once.
  10. Connect with people who passionately develop themselves. “Show me your friends and I’ll show you your future.” Unknown

Who ignited and/or fueled your transformation as a leader?

How might organizations make leadership development a community activity?