I've had a ton of feedback and questions regarding my post last week: "No-so-commonly talked about leadership practices." A lot of you asked to unpack some of these, so that's what I'll be doing some over the next week. The one I want to unpack today is this:
"Leaders never do what's best for them, but what's best for the organization."
For some of us, this statement makes a lot of sense. Others of us struggle with this. Few of us understand the implications of this leadership practice. In Jim Collins' book Good To Great, Collins discusses the most important aspect of building a great organization: He calls it "Level 5 Leadership." In the book, he states that a level 5 Leader is someone who blends extreme personal humility with intense professional will. He says: "Level 5 Leaders channel their ego and personal comfort needs away from themselves and into the larger goal of building a great organization." To live this way, however, it will often mean that:
* I must be willing to take blame and give away credit.
* I must balance results with the relationships I have with my team(s).
* I must value being respected over being liked.
* I must value effectiveness over personal comfort.
* I must value the organization's mission over my own.
* I must stay even when staying is the most difficult thing to do.
* I must step aside when that's when that needs to happen.
* I must understand that being the leader WILL cost myself and my family (It always did in the Bible).
* I must understand that the best thing I give to my organization is a healthy me and a healthy family.
* I must live my life the way Jesus lived. He NEVER put His desires first.
GOT IT? Now go live it...