Leaders Add Value by Advancing Others

Leaders Add Value by Advancing Others

Everything rises and falls on leadership. Effective leaders add value by advancing and serving others. Adding value means having a positive impact on what other people are trying to achieve. Leadership is not about how far we advance ourselves, but how far we advance others. Retired United States Army General, Norman Schwarzkopf said, “When you help others climb a hill, you get closer to the top yourself.” Author, Motivational Speaker and Salesman, Zig Ziglar said, “You can get everything in life you want, if you help enough people get what they want.”

To remain focused, effective leaders continually ask themselves questions to gauge their level of influence.
• Am I adding value to or subtracting value form other people?
• Am I taking other people to a higher level in all areas?
• Is the team’s performance better because I am the leader?
• Since I have been the leader, is the organization better or worse?

Leaders with influence live by the principle: “I am here to advance and serve others.” They are committed to advancing and serving both their organization and its people. The needs of other people always take priority over their own. By extending as much service as possible, they suspend any thoughts about what is in it for them. The test for effective servant leadership is, are the people being served advancing and growing? If yes, you are adding value. If no, you are subtracting value. Remember, leadership is not a title that can be given. It is a title that must be earned.

All contents copyright © 2012, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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2 Responses to Leaders Add Value by Advancing Others

  1. Pat Knight says:

    I absolutely love your perspective on leaders adding value to others. Great thinking and writing!

    Like

  2. Chasity Musquito says:

    Very useful advice in this article. Many thanks for sharing!

    Like

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