There is an old adage, “Strong leaders surround themselves with strong people while weak leaders surround themselves with weak people.”
I have always understood this to mean that strong leaders are not afraid of others being successful. While weak leaders are always in fear of their position so ensure there is no competition around them. With this in mind, I have always looked to ensure the people that surround me are strong. I have tried to nurture them, train and mentor them, and, most significantly, trust them. This strategy has always paid dividends for me. When members of my team are successful, I am successful. When someone is ready to take my job, I am ready for the next job. I could never imagine looking over my shoulder fearful of anyone that is gaining on me!
Great leaders encourage and nurture good people and enjoy working with them. Imagine what you could achieve with a team of excellent people!