The secret of success in leadership is raising up people around you, taking them with you

and changing their lives for the better.

 

This is not done just by a 'classroom' approach where the leader stands and speaks, lecturing and asking

questions.

 

The best method of developing others is 'on-the-job' training, building relationships by common

experience.

 

Craftspeople have been doing this for centuries. They take 'apprentices' who work alongside them until

they master their craft and are able to pass it on to others. Their 'teaching' or 'leadership' model is

something like:

I do it. The teacher learns the craft and understands ‘why’ as well as ‘how’ it is done. 
I do it and you watch. The teacher demonstrates it, and during the process explains what he is doing 
and why.
You do it and I watch. As soon as possible the roles are exchanged. The learner does it but the teacher
stays with him to offer advice, correction and encouragement.
You do it. Once the apprentice is proficient, the craftsman steps back and lets him work alone. He is
drawn up to a higher level and the teacher moves on to other things.

 

The goal of a leader is to spend time with the people he has targeted to develop. He shares resources with

them, clears obstacles that may be in their path, and gives them clear direction and positive support.

 

Then they can repeat the process, and lead and develop others.

 

Source: Mentoring 101, John C. Maxwell