Leadership should always be about benefitting others.

Colleen Barrett - Former Head of SouthWest Airlines

Leadership is not about me.  It should ultimately be about others – about you.

Writing this blog should not be about what I get out of it, but it should be passing on what I have learned and received to you, so that you gain and grow.

It is a constant challenge to all true leaders to keep humble, and to check the true motive of their hearts.  Everyone’s talking about “servant leadership” – serving others while in a leadership role.  No-one talks about it better than Colleen Barrett from SouthWest AirlinesTake a look a this post/video from Eva Rykr.

So, servant leadership – always puts others first.  Does this way of leading work with you or do you have a different view of leadership.

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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2 Responses to Leadership should always be about benefitting others.

  1. Hi Kate
    I would phrase it differently but the outcome would be the same. I believe in selfishness. I believe in doing for others and a life of service because it is so fulfilling and such emotionally rewarding work. So I really do it for myself and the benefit for society and others is a fortunate by-product. And to me leadership is the ultimate high because you are so much more effective in doing for others. If others aren’t benefiting from your leadership then it’s a joyless pursuit of poorly understood goals.
    Riley

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