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Influential Leaders are People Developers

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Do you find it difficult to get people to do what you want?

John Maxwell equates leadership with influence.  So how do we become better leaders?  John Maxwell describes these five levels of leadership:  Position, Permission, Production, People Development, and Personhood.

As we go up in these levels, we increase our influence over the people we lead.    At the lowest level, people follow you merely because you’re the boss.  At the next levels, people follow you because of your relationship with them and your achievements.   But where long range growth happens is at the level of People Development.

As a People Developer, you strive to bring out the best in others.  You act as your subordinate’s talent manager.  You find opportunities for them to grow.   You encourage them to hone their strengths.  You help them learn from failures and celebrate their successes.

When you become a People Developer, leading becomes easy, because your people will be doing what needs to be done almost on auto-pilot.   You will win the loyalty of your people.  They will be fired up to do their work excellently, which will enable your team to produce consistently superior results. But getting to the level of People Developer needs some hard work and new habits, especially if you are a new leader.  Here are some pitfalls I have experienced before, and tips on how to avoid them:

  • When your staff is taking a long time to do a task, invest in their development by coaching them instead of doing the task yourself.
  • Do not assume that everyone is as motivated as you are in getting the job done.  Some people need more push than you.  Discover what fires up your people to get things going and add fuel to that fire!  It can be a pat on the back,  extra challenge, rewards or some other thing.
  • When someone is not performing well, don’t wait for the annual performance review time to point out the person’s flaws.  Find out the cause of the poor performance and coach the person promptly on how to improve.

What benefits do you stand to gain from developing people?   For one, you can move up the ladder or move on to better things as you develop your successor.    And you will have that immense feeling of satisfaction as you see people shine because of your influence!



Ugh … I’m glad those performance coaching sessions are over!


As early as now, prepare to be the leader you were meant to be … one who develops, motivates and inspires people to deliver their best!

Many managers wonder if they are doing right in coaching employees.  Have you asked yourself questions such as …


  • Will praising employees often spoil them or make them swell-headed?
  • How do I tell this staff about all her mistakes when she is so sensitive?
  • How do I correct bad attitudes without demotivating my people?
  • Is it better to use a gentle approach or a strict and demanding approach?
  • I am so angry with a team member.  Is it ok when I lose my temper and raise my voice when I talk to him?
  • How do I get my subordinates to follow through on their commitments?  We have talked about this a hundred times!


Performance coaching sessions do not have to be an ordeal.  It can be a mutually pleasant and rewarding experience for both your staff and yourself.  You can learn to:

  • embrace the mindset that one of your roles is to bring out the best in your people
  • listen …. really listen to their stories, concerns, aspirations, needs
  • develop the habit of affirming their strengths
  • express your feelings and concerns in a professional manner
  • get them to see the bigger picture
  • empower them to formulate solutions that they can implement

Join us in the Employee Coaching Skills Workshop  to beef up on these skills.   Then you can look forward to your next performance review meetings with confidence!

  • Jan 30, 2013, 9AM – 5PM
  • One Global Place, 5th Ave cor 25th St, Bonifacio Global City
  • P4,900 per person, inclusive of VAT.  Lunch and snacks included.
  • 10% discount for groups of 3 or more from the same company.

 Limited slots … reserve now!