Good Leaders Don't Know-It-All Or Do-It All!
The leader of a successful company is like a President,
rather than a dictator. He/She must have a Cabinet of
good advisers. Every thriving firm that wishes to last
must be a one-person business. But the one person must
have a trusted staff of Helpers, Advisors and/or
The person who tries to do it all alone will probably
die trying with their business soon following. Nobody
is so wise that they cannot learn or be too strong to
Quick Look in the Mirror: Are you the Mr. (Ms or Mrs.)
Know-It-All who thinks that if you want a job done
right, you have to do it yourself? If so, no better
time than the present to start changing that false
mirror image that you are using to so cleverly fool
A successful leader must create a Staff. Just as
Captain Kirk, had Spock, McCoy and the rest, so does a
good business owner need his or her counselors and
advisers. Every General has their Colonels. Every
Colonel has their Captains and so on. No officer is
left completely on their own. This is one of the few
wise rules of war. Every employer should have his or
her own support group of competent helpers.
Too many business men/women make the mistake of doing
everything themselves and try to follow every job
through on their own. The take false pride in being
indispensable. Some will even say to themselves, "If
I'm gone for even one day something will surely go
wrong". This is the type of self-serving self-praise
that describes a bad staff organizer.
Your skill as a great organizer is tested by the amount
of time your business runs smoothly in your absence. If
you cannot leave it for more than a week, you need to
re-analyze your staff, their respective
responsibilities and capabilities, as well as the
direction of your leadership.
In every company large or small their should be a
nucleus of competent individuals who have been properly
trained and can be trusted to carry out the duties of
their peers as well as yourself in your absence. This
nucleus is your Staff. These are the people that will
make the difference between success and failure.
Train, Trust and Utilize Your Staff to their fullest
One Last Thought In Closing:
One cannot build a good staff without good leadership.
One comparison of good leadership that comes to mind is
the Old Scottish Clan. The members of a Clan were true
to their Chief and he was true to them. If even the
humblest member of the Clan was injured or killed, the
Chief stepped in to avenge or rescue them. The Chief
fought for his people. He held his own life in lesser
value than that of the welfare of his Clan. This
example is of course in extreme, but the moral of the
story is, "you must fight for your people to have them
fight for you".
About the Author
Wild Bill Montgomery
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