Category: Leadership

Great Leaders Don’t Focus Too Much On Themselves. Why ?

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Great leaders don’t focus too much on themselves. Why is that?

According to Henry Kissinger, “The task of the leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been.”

That is why great leaders don’t focus too much on themselves. If they focus too much on themselves, they will forget the needs and wants of their employees and their organizations. Great leaders don’t serve themselves. They serve their people. They serve their employees and their families.

As a leader, if you want your people to respect you, don’t focus too much on yourself. That does not mean you should neglect yourself. No. That is not what I am saying. If you focus too much on yourself, you will miss the needs and wants of your employees, your organization, and your customers.

Make sure you always connect with your employees. They want you to be present. They want you to meet them where they are, and listen to them. Listen carefully to what they have to say. Don’t ignore their interests. If you do, you are setting your organization up for failure.

If you ignore your people, if you focus on yourself, they will ignore you; they will ignore your organization. Connect with your people. They will connect with you.

What is leadership?

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What is leadership?

Leadership is not about your title, it is not about taking advantage of other people- your customers, competitors, it is not about your MBA, it is about how you care about yourself, your employees, your customers, your competitors, and the community within which you operate your business.

Max DePree put it this way, “The process of leading is the process of fulfilling commitments made both to persons and to the organization.”

Great leaders think less of themselves, and think more of the people they lead. As a leader, if you want people to follow you to hell, put them first. Care about them and their families. Let their concerns be your concern. Let their problems be your problem. If you do, you will be the leader your people will do anything for.