4 Ways to Be a Great Leader Today
The abilities to cast vision, communicate, and motivate don’t make you a great leader. Hitler did all those things and more.
Great leadership isn’t about sitting in first class, entering through a private entrance, or a corner office.
Intelligence, position, good looks, or a big bank account aren’t essential for greatness.
A successful leader and a great leader are often different things.
Great leadership is:
A great leader serves with an open hand and generous heart.
Greatness is pursued indirectly. It’s a result, not an end.
4 ways to be a great leader today:
#1. Quiet your ego.
If you don’t have an ego problem, you don’t see your arrogance.
Relax! You aren’t better than others. You don’t control the world. The universe won’t flinch when you’re gone.
The foundation of great leadership is humility.
#2. Embrace learning.
Compared to all the things that could be known, you’re a moron.
“Those who think they know, don’t.” Edward de Bono
Learning and relearning are more important than the things you know.
#3. Lift others.
Arrogance puts people down. Greatness lifts people.
How do people feel about themselves after spending time with you?
#4. Stand for something that matters.
Being great requires unbending commitment and unquenchable tenacity.
5 threats to your greatness:
- Seeking approval.
- Needing appreciation.
- Comparing yourself to others.
- Making self-care an end in itself. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.
- Trying to outshine others. Bring your best without needing the spotlight.
Forget about great leadership if your main goal is to get and keep as much money and power as possible.
Great leadership is about the people you serve, not the people who serve you.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME READ!! I am going to purchase the Humble Leadership series now!
Thank you for the encouragement, Rosanne. I wish you well on the journey.
I simply love this post ~ Homerun, you packed in so much. Thank you, Dan.
Hi Ken, Thank you for taking time to be an encouragement. Much appreciated.
Hi Dan. Great read. I often am guilty of internally comparing myself to others and trying to outshine my coworkers. Material like this helps me remain centered and remember to keep my focus on the team of hard working people who I serve. I needed to read this today. Thank you.
Thanks Lucian. It’s so easy to do things we don’t aspire to do. For me, busyness is one reason I lose touch with things that are important.
Outstanding points!!!!!!!! Thank you!!!!!!
Thank you Dale.