“Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about looking after those in our charge.”
What percentage of your time do you spending looking at leadership through this lens? How of much of your energy and effort is focused on delivering on this principle?
Generally speaking we are naturally wired to focus on self before others. Overcoming this tendency is a critical step towards becoming an authentic and true leader.
“No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:24
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4
Think of the leaders you have worked for and with. Did they demonstrate these principles? If yes, then what is your perception of, and attitude towards, their leadership? If no, then the same question applies. Which one did you respect more? Which one motivated you as a person? Whom do you want to emulate?
Reflect on and answer this simple question for yourself today. “Who am I focused on taking care of, myself or others?”