I’ll let you into a secret. One that nearly everybody knows, but few choose to discuss. In the workplace, we are less likely to favour those that appear to demonstrate high levels of self-interest. Ambition is generally celebrated, ruthless ambition however, not so much. Of course many have achieved great things with little or no interest in anyone but themselves and indeed, a degree of belligerence should never be underestimated.
To be the leader you wish you had, success should come not in spite of, but because of, others. I am no philosophy expert, but I do know there’s this thing called enlightened self-interest. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘what goes around comes around’ and that, in a nutshell, is what it means. To help others first and foremost and as a direct result, benefit one’s own interests.
I very much enjoyed this short video by Simon Sinek on why you should practise being the leader you wish you had.
Little has been more fulfilling than recruiting people and watching them flourish. Often, my recruits would move on into more challenging roles, many into positions more senior than my own, yet nothing was more rewarding than observing their success.
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