MVP: There is a magic bullet for leadership, but I am going to force you to read this entire email to find it. Yes, I am.
First, thanks to everyone who attended last night’s webinar – it was great to have you there and I now consider you VIPs! If anyone missed the webinar but wants to be on my VIP list, email me, share something meaningful, and I will take care of you.
The second most important question for us to ask about those who have left is this: Why did they leave?
In yesterday’s message about what they are missing, I laid out contrasting possibilities. On one hand, they might be missing lots of growth opportunities that you help provide through your presence and intentionality.
On the other hand, they might be “missing” a bunch of stuff that doesn’t help them grow or achieve their mission.
People leave organizations all the time. Sometimes it is unavoidable, but more frequently people choose to leave when they could have chosen to stay.
I once talked to an early career art teacher who was teaching in a school several hours from her hometown. When her hometown school asked her to come teach for them, she declined!
Because she worked for a principal who cared for her. When the teacher had broken her ankle while coaching softball, the principal had been there for her. But just as importantly, that principal was there helping the teacher grow and get better at her craft. And she impowered this young teacher to practice her leadership.
There are many reasons why people leave, but there is one overriding factor in why they stay – YOU!
You can be a leader who people walk away from, or you can be a leader who people make sacrifices to remain with.
Being the second one is hard work, but it is also simple work!
This is the magic bullet.