Great leaders ensure that their successors are not only prepared to take the reins, but are poised to surpass past accomplishments. Start small and support one person — a direct report, or a more junior person who you have trust in — with your experience, skills and network. Explain why you believe in her and how you plan to aid her development. Put her in touch with contacts, sing her praises, and give her frank feedback.
Once you’ve seen success, expand on it — develop a bench of employees capable of rising to a level greater than yourself and bringing your company with them.
Adapted from “Your Greater-Than-Yourself Project” by Steve Farber.