The Dangers of People Development (Podcast)

In this episode of the Kelly Stickel Leadership Podcast we're talking about the 4 biggest dangerous of people development. This is a teaching based on John Maxwell's outstanding book The 5 Levels of Leadership. If you are a leader in any capacity, this episode is for you.

There are 4 major dangers to people development:


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In the previous episode I gave the 5 benefits of People Development. If you missed it, they were:

  1. People development sets you apart from most leaders.

  2. People development assures that growth can be sustained. 
“The test of your leadership is not what happens when you are there, but what happens when you’re not there.” Ken Blanchard
  3. People development empowers others to fulfill their leadership responsibilities.
 “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
  4. People development empowers the leader to lead larger.

  5. People development provides great personal fulfillment.
 “Victory is much more meaningful when it comes not just from one person, but from the joint achievements of many. The euphoria is lasting when all participants lead with their hearts, winning not just for themselves but for one another.” Howard Schultz


The Dangers of People Development:

  1. Self-Centeredness can cause leaders to neglect people development. 
“Maturity is the ability to think beyond yourself, see things from the perspective of others, and place their needs above your own.” John Maxwell “The leader is the servant who removes the obstacles that prevent people from doing their jobs.” Max Depree
  2. Insecurity can make leaders feel threatened by people development.
 “A leader’s role is not to control people or stay on top of things, but rather to guide, energize, and excite.” Jack Welch
  3. Shortsightedness can keep leaders from seeing the need for people development.
 Shortsightedness, like selfishness and insecurity, is another sign of immaturity in a leader. People development requires big-picture thinking. It takes patience. Helping another person to become a competent leader almost always takes longer than you think and is more difficult than you expect. You must do it anyway.
  4. Lack of commitment can keep leaders from doing the hard work of people development.
 John Maxwell tells his EQUIP staff, “will you lose your job by developing others or will you lose it because you didn’t develop others?”

Question: Why do you think people are afraid to develop others? You can leave a comment in the "Leave a Reply" box below.