When leaders are developing leaders, they must not and cannot feel threatened by other potential leaders. Good leaders are happy to surround themselves with others who are gifted leaders. Surrounding yourself with good and potential leaders is not a threat to your place or position. Surrounding yourself with gifted leaders can only solidify you in your position or propel you to better things.
I once heard Rick Pitino say that he would never hire anyone to be on his staff if he did not think they have the potential to someday be a head coach. And in doing so, he has been in the business of not only coaching winning basketball teams, he has been in the business of developing leaders that while under his leadership have made him look much better than he might have looked without them. If you are a fan of college basketball, do any of these names sound familiar: Tubby Smith, Billy Donavon, John Pelphry or Travis Ford? All of these men are now head coaches at division one universities and all were at one time or another on Pitino’s staff, played for Pitino or both.
Good leaders are willing to hire associates who may have better leadership skills and talents. A sales manager should never be afraid to hire someone who is a better salesman than he or she. A service manager should never be afraid to hire someone who is a better technician than she. A good leader knows that hiring someone with greater skills or talents will most always result in them being an asset to the team.*
*Taken entirely from my book Understanding Your Role As A Leader, (Xlibris, 2011) pp.55-6.