From us to others

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John Maxwell famously said, “Everything rises or falls on leadership.”

I think Maxwell is right. However, I’ve seen leaders make the recurring mistake of keeping themselves at the center of their organization.

In my opinion, organizations centered on a leader eventually implode when the leader fails, disappoints, or moves on. In the US religious organizations may best illustrate this point.

Good leaders receive attention and honor. It may be tempting to bask in honor. However, great leaders shift focus from themselves to others. They leverage their esteem by esteeming others.

The conundrum of leadership is you are at the center in order to put others at the center.

The pull of praise or ego may inflate your self-importance until customers, stakeholders, volunteers, and employees end up in the back seat.

Everything does rise or fall on leadership. Self-centered leaders eventually cause the fall of their organizations. On the other hand, others-centered leaders lift their organizations by encouraging and enabling others.

Shifting focus from you to others

#1. When you feel the need to be understood, understand others.

#2. When you feel the need to be listened to, listen to others.

#3. When you receive praise, share it with others.

I can think of at least three things we can discuss today

#1. What self-centered, egotistical leader story can you share?

#2. How to shift the focus from you to others?

#3. When does shifting the focus on others go too far?