Leaders add value by serving others.
Every time I switch on the TV or radio, there seems to be a story “bashing” another “fat cat”. The media is full of columns about people who appear to be most concerned about what is in it for them.
There are a lot of very successful leaders who live and work by a servant’s attitude: how can I look after and serve the people around me? Maxwell writes about Jim Sinegal, President of Costco. Sinegal believes that if you pay people well “you get good people and good productivity”. He also gets loyalty – the lowest employee turnover in retailing.
The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others.
Think about the most positive leaders you have met. Maybe a boss? Maybe a public figure like the late Bobby Robson, coach of England, Barcelona and Newcastle United. Robson always had time (or made time) for other people: fans, players and journalists. He didn’t have to serve others, indeed many coaches appear self-serving. Wor Bobby was loved and appreciated by the people he served and led.
Think of leaders like Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King. They were all less interested in their position than their positive impact on others.
How can you add value to others today and tomorrow? Make adding value part of your lifestyle.