The leadership shift

Great leaders know success is about others and not themselves. They shift focus from the way others treat them to how they treat others.

Sadly, some leaders focus on themselves and expect others to do the same. They’re weak, self-centered and sometimes paranoid. They have leadership-position but they’ll never be great leaders because they’re spiraling inward. They’re going nowhere.

Great leaders shift from self-serving strategies
to other-serving strategies.

You might argue that self-development, a central component of successful leadership, reflects a self-centered focus. However, it doesn’t. Great leaders develop themselves in order to enable effective service in others. Even when they focus on themselves they are focusing on others. They’ve made the leadership shift.

Focus on “you” so you can better serve “them.”

Making the leadership shift

Determining how you best enable others achieve their greatness is your path to greatness.

One step toward becoming a great leader is identifying “them.” Who are you serving? Who is your target market? Once you’ve shifted from you to them, ask, “How can I best help “them” reach their goals?”

You might say that great leaders serve everyone. I think that statement is so broad it’s practically meaningless.

Another step is prioritizing who you serve. Some organizations say “employees first.” Others say “customers first.” On the other hand, will you serve those under you before you serve those over you? Robert Sutton indicates leaders may need to ignore the higher-ups in order to protect and enable those under them (From “Good Boss, Bad Boss).

Personally, my leadership priority is other leaders and high potential individuals.

Personally, my own leadership shift is both an event and a process.


What blocks people from making the leadership shift?

I’ve suggested identifying and prioritizing as two strategies for making the leadership shift. What else can individuals do to make the leadership shift?