I want to focus on four particular thoughts and observations I have made as I've been led.
1. "In order to lead, people have to want to follow you."
I wish this didn't need to be said. But I have had experience with leaders who have not grasped this concept. They have operated completely from the idea that "you will follow me because I am the leader!" Let me tell you, these guys are the worst! There is no leadership that comes from this approach. It is about power, it is about position. True leadership comes from a desire to see the over all picture become beautiful. If no one wants to follow, then you aren't leading anyone. There may be people who stay part of the team, they stick around out of their need for an income, but you are not leading them. This is where we see companies or organizations moving backwards. Its where we see failure. If your efforts are centered around self-preservation or self-promotion your efforts are self-centered. There is no progress in self-centered leadership.
If your efforts are centered around self-preservation or self-promotion your efforts are self-centered. There is no progress in self-centered leadership.