Thought For The Week: It’s Not All About Me

"It is well to remember that the entire universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." Andrew Holmes

One of the most common reasons for the spectacular crash-and-burn scenarios we see with many of our leaders today is that they have apparently forgotten that leadership is not about them. Leadership is ultimately about the follower. In fact, many new leaders are surprised to discover that there is a loss of freedom and independence in a leadership role. To be effective, leaders have to maintain a balance between confidence and cockiness, arrogance and ego. If the purpose of the leader is only self-aggrandizement, they are no leader at all.

Leadership arrogance When asked about the biggest difference between being an actor and being a director, Ron Howard said that the loss of freedom as a director was the most surprising and the most notable. When he's directing, he recognizes that his decisions have agreat impact on not only the film, but on the success of those around him.

I have a great deal of respect for anybody who seriously takes on a leadership role and at the same time I have high expectations. If our political, business and social leaders would reemmber that the universe is composed of everybody else, I suspect we would have a lot less to read about on the front page daily.

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