Building an effective operations team is a top challenge for manufacturing executives. Plant Manager and General Manager roles are core to a company's success and sustained growth. As leaders, however, too often they commit a career development "crime:" they find as many good manufacturing/quality engineers, lean coordinators, and production supervisors as they can, and sit on them, for years, for their own benefit. Leaders need to stop hoarding, and start exporting their manufacturing talent into other functional roles within their companies. Today, you are molding the business philosophy, leadership style, and thought process of the people that work for you. By applying this leadership philosophy with your people, you create an internal company reputation as a functional employer of choice, as well as a developer of future leaders.