Recently someone I respect very much received a well-deserved promotion. A colleague and I were discussing why this person is so successful. We concluded that she was successful because she cares about the success of others.
The fellow who is in it for himself and wants others to make him look good will not be respected as a leader. It is the one who lifts others up and makes it about them instead of her is the one who is ultimately successful. This is true whether you are caring about the customer who buys your product, the reader who reads your blog, the employees who work for you, the students you teach, the children you are trying to raise or whoever you are leading. Caring about the buyer, the reader, the employee, the student, the child or anyone you lead is the essence of a great leader who will be rewarded with success.
The person who is a great leader is someone who makes other people’s success their priority. They don’t ask questions like what can you do for me. They ask, “What can I do for you?” “What are your goals?” and “What can I do to help you?” The wannabe leader will try to get you to perform only so that they can look good and can reach their goals. Matthew 20:26 tells us, “He who wants to be great among you must be your servant.” Serve others and you will be great in ways that really matter.
Today’s Verse: He who wants to be great among you must be your servant. Matthew 20:26
Today’s Action: Practice thinking in terms of what you can do for others. Think about the people you influence on a daily basis. How can you help them reach their goals today?
Marketing a product: How will this help my customer?
Writing a blog: What can I say to inspire someone who reads this?
Managing employees: How can I help my employees succeed?
Teaching students: What do my students really need?