‘Developing the Leaders Around You’ Reflection
Three Quotes from the Book:
“Every organization has a shortage of leaders” – John C. Maxwell
John C. Maxwell states this in idea his lesson that refers to the number of leaders that every group has related to the amount that they need. According to him, every single organization that exists does not meet the ideal amount of leaders, which seems like a very bold claim at first. He then goes on to explain that it is impossible for someone to have too many leaders, and therefore nobody can have enough. This point specifically stood out to me because it is just an interesting way of saying something much simpler; you can never have too many leaders. When you word it his way, it is more optimistically encouraging to never settle with the number of leadership roles within your group, because there is always room to grow. I personally like this take on a simple concept, and also think that he explained it well. It is a little bit more difficult to think about this statement from the perspective of TALONS because we always have a fixed number of people in the classroom, or even within groups. However, it could possibly relate to everyone reaching their full potential as a leader, and how there can never be enough “10’s”. In this case, the only purpose of the quote is to remind the class to never stop learning, because every single group has room to grow in this area.
“None of us is as smart as all of us” – Ken Blanchard
This one was confusing to me at first, but it now makes sense after a little bit of further research. The quote by Ken Blanchard refers to encouraging teamwork within an organization in order to maximize the efficiency of everyday regular tasks. The only part about this that I am still unsure about is the wording of the quote itself, but I have an idea that makes some sense. Ken Blanchard believes that teamwork is the key to a successful work environment, so maybe he is trying to say that if not everyone is working together then you might as well have no one. The original reason I chose to write about this quote as I said before, is because it did not make much sense to me while watching the video. However, I also think that the main message here is relevant to pretty much everything that is taught in Leadership. Not only that, but I also wrote the majority of my Eminent Person speech around a similar idea. It is clear that Ken’s quote relates to a lot of aspects of the TALONS program, so here are a couple of more specific examples. Some trips are a lot more complicated to plan than others and the entire process could fall apart if we are not smart about distributing the workload and assigning roles for everyone. On the flip side, we also need to know when to come together to solve individual problems and find a balance between working independently and together.
“Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have” – Zig Ziglar
You may use a lot of your effort to build and enhance your abilities as a leader, but it all goes to waste if you do not know how to use them to your advantage. This quote is saying that developing yourself and your skills is only the first step towards success and that reaching this point of success is unrealistic if you do not have the next steps of implementation down. I like this quote because the wording simplifies the concept nicely, however, this is not the main reason it stood out to me. I chose this final quote because it is a part of one of my goals from the early stages of TALONS, which relates to being confident in my abilities. This program has done a lot to guide me through developing myself as a leader, but it takes the confidence that I have been working on over the past couple of years to put it to the test. This is why I decided to analyze Ziglar’s quote further, but how does it relate to the TALONS program? There are a couple of examples that come to mind, for example, the individual part of committee work is dependant on this. Just generally putting what leadership teaches us into action with the grade nines takes this kind of skill, as well as anything to do with using class material in the real world.
Aslam, A. (2015, July 5). “None of us is as smart as all of us” – 3 Lessons on Teamwork. Linkedin.com. Retrieved from
Maxwell, J. (2014). Developing the Leaders Around You. The John Maxwell Co.