Why You Must Have Leaders At Every Level

September 18, 2013 — 11 Comments
Why You Must Have Leaders At Every Level | Joseph Lalonde

Leadership is not a solitary endeavor. Instead, it’s about creating an organization that builds upon the strengths of the team.

And at every level of your organization there are those team members who can be of greater value than you realize. You just have to be willing to pass them a bit of the power.

Then you might see amazing results flow from the team.

There’s a power that flows within teams that realize leadership must not only come from the top down but from the bottom up. It’s getting your team to grasp the importance of what is placed before them and taking ownership of getting the job done.

But most will be unwilling to do this without your blessing. They may be fearful there will be repercussions for taking a chance that you might not have approved.

Be willing to empower the members in your organization by giving them leadership responsibilities.

What Happens When Employees Are Empowered

So many organizations are all about the air of power. The top leaders have all the control and those underneath have none. They feel weak and undervalued.

When the top leaders begin to show an interest in those under them, actions begin to change.

As those in lower positions begin to be empowered, they begin to see their responsibility in the company. They know they can make a difference. They know they’re encouraged to make the changes.

Evaluate those who are not official leaders and see who you may be able to give a leadership title to. While leadership isn’t all about titles, it can be the motivation to move to the next level of leadership.

What You Get When You Have Leaders At Every Level

Your organization will reap several rewards as you begin to empower your employees. You will help build a better company. You can even see immediate results.

Here’s what you may get when you begin adding leaders to every level:

Empowered employees: You will see people willing to step up to the plate and take a swing for the company. They’re willing to put their best foot forward because you saw their potential and gave them the opportunity to move forward.

Better communication: As you add new leaders to the organization, you’re able to boost the communication within the company. Give the directive and help the leaders spread it to the rest of the team. You don’t have to be the one shouting it all the time. You’ve got leaders who are buying into the vision and want to share it with those around them.

Happier customers: Because there’s leaders at every level, your team doesn’t have to try to track down the senior leadership anymore. There’s always a leader around and they can defer to them for the tough decisions. This speeds up resolving customer service issues and making happy customers.

As you spread power throughout the company, your team becomes a force to be reckoned with. They’re able to take action right away instead of waiting for responses from the top.

Let your team know they have the power to do the job. Give it to them. And watch your team soar!

Question: Why do you have leaders at every level of your organization? What has it done for you? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  • Bill | LeadershipHeartCoaching

    Great point about Happy Customers, Joseph.

    I remember reading an article recently about a change in policy at a major financial institution. Leadership at the top empowered every customer service representative along the teller line with the ability to reverse up to $25 in various fees without supervisory approval. The article was addressing measurable increases in customer service after the change.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      And I’m guessing they saw positive results with giving their representatives the power to do the fee reversals. It’s amazing what a simple change like that can do to the happiness of employees and customers.

  • http://www.buckleadership.wordpress.com/ Justin Buck

    Great post, Joe! WIthout getting political, this is what frustrated me about the posturing around the President’s “You didn’t build that” line. The fact is that none of our success is solely the result of our individual effort! I think a great part of this country lost sight of that in the hullabaloo that followed. Leaders at every level have poured into our own lives and into the lives of those leaders who have come alongside and gone before us.

    Thanks for helping to keep it all in perspective and highlight the outcome of leadership and empowerment at every level. Without a sturdy base and strong foundation, the pyramid crumbles.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      My pleasure Justin.

  • http://www.davebratcher.com/ Dave Bratcher

    This is fantastic Joe! One of the things which is often misunderstood is leadership has nothing to do with position. What we often find are people not being empowered to lead because they don’t have a position to do so. I remember the story of someone walking in with a monkey on their back and placing it on the boss’ desk. This is a great opportunity to ask, “How would you have handled this if I weren’t here?” Help them carry the monkey back out before they leave.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      That’s a fun example Dave. What’s one way you’ve helped a team member to carry the monkey out of the room and deal with it?

  • http://storiesmadepowerful.com/ Arlen Miller

    Yes, Joe. I like it. Leaders at every level. Somehow leadership has been idolized and glamorized, but it’s sometimes as simple as making a decision and following through. Making the lead. Without doubting, faltering, or losing the way.

    • http://www.jmlalonde.com Joe Lalonde

      Arlen, I’m glad you recognize how easy leadership can be. Especially if we start with ourselves. Lead 1, then a few, then many.

      • http://storiesmadepowerful.com/ Arlen Miller

        Indeed, it’s progressive. Thanks, Joe.

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