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TAKING YOUR LEADERSHIP FROM I TO WE
LEADERS MUST RECOGNIZE THAT LEADERSHIP IS NOT ABOUT THEM AND THEIR ABILITY TO ATTRACT FOLLOWERS. LEADERSHIP IS ABOUT SERVING OTHERS TO BRING OUT THE BEST IN THEM.
WHAT SEPARATES TOP LEADERS FROM AVERAGE LEADERS? TOP LEADERS ARE “WE” LEADERS.
“I” LEADERS ARE SELF-INTERESTED. THEY FOCUS ON TAKING THE CREDIT INSTEAD OF EMPOWERING THEIR TEAM.
TRAITS OF “I” LEADERS TO AVOID: Focusing on attaining power and position Self-interest driven decision making “I can do it on my own” Being a pace setter: “I’ll be out front, follow me” Arrogance Directing others Focusing on near-term results Taking the credit
I” LEADERS CAN GAIN FOLLOWERS, THEY DON’T EMPOWER THEM TO EXCEL AND IMPROVE, WHILE “ WHICH BRINGS THE WHOLE TEAM DOWN WITH THEM.
“WE” LEADERS ARE SERVANT LEADERS, DEFINED AS FOCUSING “PRIMARILY ON THE GROWTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE COMMUNITIES TO ¹ WHICH THEY BELONG.” ¹ Extracted from Robert Greenleaf’s essay “The Servant as Leader.”
TRAITS TO ADOPT TO BECOME A “WE” LEADER: Serve others Purpose-driven decision making Empower: “Work together to fulfill mission” Seek alignment through values Humility Coach and mentor others Focus on serving customers and employees Be inspiring and uplifting Empower people to lead Team gets the credit
THE SERVANT LEADER SHARES POWER, PUTS THE NEEDS OF OTHERS FIRST, AND HELPS PEOPLE DEVELOP AND PERFORM AS HIGHLY AS POSSIBLE.
BY IMPLEMENTING THE TRAITS OF A “WE” LEADER, ANY EMPLOYEE CAN IMPROVE HOW THEY INTERACT WITH COLLEAGUES AND MAKE THEIR TEAM A BETTER, MORE EFFICIENT ONE. Discover more about authentic leadership and finding your True North. http://bit.ly/TrueNorthLeadership Compass image © LdF / GettyImages Wiley is a registered trademark of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.