Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader success is all about growing others.
I was asked in an interview “since setting out in business, what lessons [I’ve] learned in leadership?” I shared what I call the two things. They are simple. Simple to understand. Simple to remember. Simple to see why these two things are it. Still they are not so simple to enact without fail. They take sacrifice. Sacrifice at a fundamental level. They take us out of ourselves. Away from us. Less self and more others. A good friend of mine taught me what leaders do. Leaders do two things:
- Leaders lead by example
- Leaders serve those they lead
Search your experiences and you will hopefully find a leader in your life who does these two things well. One thing to mention here is that anyone can lead. Power is not needed to lead. Authority is not needed to lead. Though power and authority will accrete to those who follow these two things.
Not the cry, but the flight of a wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow. – Chinese Proverb
The point duck in formation serves by example. Those that follow benefit from drift. Do you want to be a leader? Are you doing these two things?
-A takeaway from an internrocket.com press interview
As always good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned on the subject are most appreciated.