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What Fruit Do You Produce?

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Leaders and Trees: Judge Them By Their Results

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.”

The chief characteristic of a healthy tree is determined by the quality of fruit it bears. Trees provide the adequate environment for growthy by sharing its collective resources to allow the seedling to nourish and grow until it is ripe.

Leaders operate in the same capacity. Your junior troops and subordinates need your guidance and experience to balance against their own trial and error to grow as future leaders.

How many people have credited you as an influence, role model, or positive example?
How many junior personnel have moved on from your tutelage but still return when times are rough to remind themselves of the fundamentals?
How many people have you given the recipe and they have gone on the surpass your results and accomplishments?

If you find that you are consistently “alone at the top”, then you may want to adjust how you relate and encourage your peers and subordinates.

Winners develop future winners. Champions instill a championship work ethic into all who come into contact with their example. What fruit does your leadership tree bare?

Written by Shadeed Eleazer

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Quote used in this article attributed to: Ralph Nadar

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