The leader of leaders selects their sub-leaders because they are good at what they do. They are students, potential teachers and have a similar philosophy with the prime leader. This is particularly important. They want to learn, grow, communicate, and desire a level playing field with others and their subordinates. These characteristics are what attract the leader to leaders to them. From this group of potential leaders, the prime leader creates their inner circle, selecting the best of the best.
And these new sub-leaders, in particular those that make the inner circle, are the ones who appear to be ideal for the prime leader’s position if and when they leave the organization. This can happen for any number of reasons, and how good it appears that there is a method to grow the appropriate leadership and then leave it in their hands with a working and successful philosophy.
But here is where the past comes into play. Newbie leaders rarely, if ever, become prime leaders. Whether the organization built by the leader of leaders continues as it is, is not likely. My experience is painfully clear. Everything Lenette and I created disappeared within a few years of leaving it, even though we assigned other excellent leaders to continue leading the organization. I believe this occurs because the prime leader is first and foremost themselves. Creating organizations and becoming a leader of others is what they do. It’s how they see the world.