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In today’s episode (Vlog Season 01, Episode 09), Greg and Matt talk about mentoring the right team members into great leaders.

Have you ever lost a great team member, whom you though had the potential to lead in your team, and you didn’t know what more you could have done? What if they didn’t actually have the ability to meet your expectations?

Great team members don’t always make great leaders. You must know their beliefs and their mission in order to invest in the right people.

If you want to always be investing in the future leaders of your company, you need to watch this Breakthrough video.

In this episode you will learn:

– How to find out if your team member’s potential will equate to results.

– How NOT to lose good talent by growing their leadership too fast.

– When to invest your time and money into your employee’s leadership development.


#1. You Must Make Great Assumptions…to know your team member’s true beliefs.

  • Potential doesn’t equal ambition.
  • Great assumptions allow you to know if your employee can meet your expectations.
  • Get to know your team member’s true beliefs. This will show you what they are able to contribute to your mission.

#2. You Must Make Great Evaluations…to avoid sabotaging leadership potential.

  • Moving an individual from employee to leader must be done through incremental growth.
  • Don’t give your potential leader too much, too soon. This sets them up for failure.
  • Temporary, trial runs with your employees allows time and room for growth.
  • You will loose out on good talent with out great evaluations.

#3. You Must Make Great Investments…to provide the right training to the right people.

  • Developing your best team members into leaders is an investment of your time and money.
  • Without proper training, your mentorship investment will fail.
  • You can not promote people BEYOND their ability.
  • Investing in leadership training is LESS damaging than having the wrong person behind the wheel in your company.

Add your comments below: Are you certain you have a future leader in your team? Have you been hesitant to invest in their growth? Using these 3 points to distinguish great team members from great leaders, what conclusion about their potential do you have now?

About Matthew

Matthew DeYoung is a serial entrepreneur. He is the cofounder of Breakthrough Leadership. He has been a cofounder of six other internet-based startup businesses. His past consulting clients have included Walt Disney, Universal Studios, Target, NASCAR, and the NBA. As a learner, he is always trying to demystify the leadership aspects of business. Matthew has been married for 17 years and has two daughters.

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