Coaching U Live a few weeks ago, Boston Celtic assistant coach Kevin Eastman spent some time talking about the role of the assistant coach in regard to their contributions to the head coach. He brough out some interesting points and I'll post them at some point down the road. For now however, these points by John Maxwell from his book "360 Degree Leadership" on the topic of how we can lighten the load for our bosses.
1. The one thing that the top leader can never let go of is final responsibility.
2. As an employee, you can do one of two things for your leader. You can make the load lighter, or you can make it heavier.
3. I should mention that motives do matter when it comes to lifting your leader’s load. I’m recommending that you lift up, not suck up.
4. “Those who drink the water must remember those who dug the well.”
5. When you help someone bigger then you, it makes you part of something bigger.
6. Lifting others isn’t meant to be a one-time occurrence. You can’t add value to people by helping them once.
7. It’s not how heavy the load is. It’s how you carry it.
8. From the perspective of the top leader, the question that must be asked is, “Am I better off with them on the team?”
9. The lift you give for the leader often leads to the leader lifting you.
10. Do Your Own Job Well First
• “It isn’t hard to be good from time to time in sports. What’s tough is being good every day.”
11. When You Find A Problem, Provide A Solution
• “Don’t find a fault; find a remedy.”
12. Tell Leaders What They Need To Hear, Not What They Want To Hear
• “Very few big executive want to be surrounded by ‘yes’ men.” -Burton Bigelow
13. Go The Second Mile
• “There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.”
14. Stand Up For Your Leader Whenever You Can
• “When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I’ll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own.”
15. Stand In For Your Leader Whenever You Can
16. Ask Your Leader How You Can Lift The Load