Take Your Eyes Off Of Yourself

April 5, 2013

Running a little slow this Friday morning. I have been blessed in that I seldom get sick, but now have a spring cold. Can’t even remember the last time I had one.

This week, we have been talking some about Jeremie Kubicek’s book, Leadership Is Dead, How Influence Is Reviving It. He touches on many things that are so good, but today I wanted to talk a bit about relationships. At Ambassador Enterprises where I now serve, we have two key sayings:

First – “A Caring Community and A Team That Performs” – too many organizations simply want a team that performs which really is a task orientation. We have found that if you first have a caring community within your organization, you are much more likely to achieve the goal of having a team that performs.

Second – “Relational Effectiveness Drives Organizational Performance” – very similar to the above statement in that there have to be strong, healthy relationships among the members of your team for them to perform at the level of potential.

Mr. Kubicek says the following, “The best leaders are those who have simplified it down to relationships.” and “To be effective, respected, and a positive force for change, today’s leaders must overcome our cultural tendencies toward narcissism and self-centeredness.”

As a leader, your focus should be on others, not yourself. It’s not about me, it’s not about you, it’s about others, it’s about the mission. So, we need to learn to take our eyes off of ourselves and begin focusing on other people.

Have a great weekend!

BG

One response to Take Your Eyes Off Of Yourself

  1. 

    Really interesting points. I agree that leadership is about forging positive relationships with others. I think good leaders also listen to others. They can see beyond their own views and opinions, and therefore also open up for their coworkers perspectives and ideas which make them valued and recognised. Ultimately, good leaders do therefore not only have their own interests in mind, but also their co-workers and long-term results.

    Besides listening, what do you believe are other specific emphatic attributes of a good leader?

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