June 22, 2023
This week on The Weedsmith, we explore that old saying about “teaching a man how to fish,” and how doing so makes good leaders who don’t get bogged down in their ego. As a company founder and chief knowledge officer, Amanda Reiman talks about her views on what makes a great leader. The Weedsmith runs Wednesdays on Grasslands LinkedIn and Instagram pages.
You are listening to The Weedsmith, a show about modern cannabis thought leadership. I’m your host Ricardo Baca and today I'm thankful and excited to be sitting across from my friend Amanda Reiman. Amanda, we are here to talk about cannabis leadership. In your opinion, what makes a good leader?
I'd like to go back to the phrase about teaching a man to fish versus giving a man a fish. And I feel that a good leader is a person that teaches someone how to fish, with the knowledge that if you’re successful, they won’t need you anymore and that they’ll be able to be their own leader, and that they’ll be able to stand on their own two feet. And I think that sometimes leaders get bogged down in ego and they want people to maintain just a little bit of dependence on them so that they know how to fish, but maybe they only know how to fish during certain seasons, or maybe they only know how to fish in certain places, or with certain equipment, and that equipment isn’t always available, so sometimes they have no choice but to lean on you. And I don’t think that’s a good idea.
I think the best thing you can do is really give people all the tools they need. And so I think that that’s what a good leader does. I think that they work really, really hard themselves and people see that and it makes them want to work really, really hard also. But they’re also getting things from the leader that they can take into their own lives, and can use on their own. And I think that that’s what makes a good leader.