The law of explosive growth is the 20th of The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. It states that “to add growth, lead followers; to multiply growth, lead leaders.”
When you are starting out as a leader, you are focused on your own personal development, but if you want your organization to grow exponentially, you need to trust and obey the law of explosive growth.
To experience explosive growth, focus on developing leaders
For your organization to experience explosive growth, you need a different focus, a different mindset, and a different attitude as a leader.
If you focus on developing yourself, you will sure experience personal growth, but if you focus on developing leaders, your organization can achieve explosive growth.
The seven leadership mindset for explosive growth
For your organization to experience explosive growth, you need an entirely different attitude and mindset. You must be a leader who develops other leaders and not a leader who simply attract followers.
If you focus on developing leaders, your organization can achieve explosive growth.
Here are the seven leadership mindset you should adopt for your organization to experience explosive growth:
- Leaders who want explosive growth want to be succeeded, not needed. When you want to get something done, enlist other people. Doing what other people can do for you can make you feel needed, but it will not help you develop other leaders.
- Leaders who want explosive growth develop the top 20 percent, not the bottom 20 percent. Don’t allow the bottom 20 percent of your team to consume 80 percent of your time. Seek out the top 20 percent—the people with the greatest leadership potential—and invest 80 percent of your time developing them.
- Leaders who want explosive growth focus on people’s strengths, not their weaknesses. When you focus on the bottom 20 percent, you must continually deal with their weaknesses, but when you work with your best people, you can build on their strengths.
- Leaders who want explosive growth treat individuals differently, not the same. Give rewards, resources, and responsibility based on results. You cannot reward people who are not performing the same as your top performers.
- Leaders who want explosive growth invest time in others, not just spend time with them. Take time to develop your leaders and let every time you spend with your team members help to increase their ability and influence.
- Leaders who want explosive growth grow their organization by multiplication, not by addition. Add ten followers to your organization, and you have the power of ten people. Add ten leaders to your organization, and you have the power of ten leaders times all the followers and leaders they influence.
- Leaders who want explosive growth impact people beyond their reach, not only the people they touch. You will get tired as a leader if you must personally deal with every person under your authority. But if you develop other leaders who are very effective in dealing with people, you help many others by helping one person.
Wherever you are in your leadership journey, you will reach your leadership potential and help your organization reach hers only if you begin developing leaders instead of merely attracting followers.