Updated: Jan 3
Through many years of working in the corporate realm, I experienced the best of humble, servant leadership to the conscienceless workplace bully. One leader looks for ways to improve himself, values and appreciates the talents that each member brings to the team, and builds others to success, while the other seeks power and control by looking for weakness, creating fear, and sabotaging others for their own agenda.
These vast extremes in leadership are real and raw. And in time, they expose themselves to their true leadership styles. Both types of leaders have a powerful effect on people's lives not only in the workplace but in the trickle down effect in the homes of those they lead. Imagine coming home to your family after your boss is supportive and looking for ways to promote you versus a boss who is constantly looking for ways to undermine you for their own benefit. One leader brings life by valuing others and building future leaders while the other breads fear by devaluing others and seeks to promote themselves.
We need more leaders who are humble enough to know they need personal and professional growth themselves. We need leaders who value and appreciate the unique individuals placed on their team. We need more leaders to care more about the success of others more than their own agenda. As Simon Sinek said, "The true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own. Great leaders truly care about those they are privileged to lead and understand that the true cost of the leadership privilege comes at the expense of self-interest."
An organization will only be as good as the type of leaders it produces. You can tell the type of leader you have in any area by the fruit that leader produces. "Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions" (Matthew 7:20 NLT). Are the team members striving for excellence or have they become complacent or worse - quiet? Is there an energy and movement toward a goal or purpose or does the team appear stressed and want only to get the task done? Do all team members receive the information needed to excel and participate or do you see signs of exclusion or unsettledness within the team?
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