What’s most important to your leadership: adding value to yourself or adding value to others?
Leadership is fuelled by personal values and the ability to create values in others. The important thing about leadership is your character and the values that guide your life. Unfortunately, the corporate culture is hardwired to serve self first and subordinates eventually.
Many leaders have been made to confuse leadership with the crave for success. And they swallowed several misguided philosophies about leadership. They believe leadership means:
- To be in charge.
- To make the organization run smoothly.
- To make money for shareholders.
- To build a great company.
- To make us better than the competition, and win.
Adding value is a value in leadership. The responsibility of a leader, therefore, is not only to identify his personal values, but also to add value to others. Here three brilliant ways to create value in your team.
“The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others,” John C. Maxwell wrote. Great leaders derive pleasure from making life better for others by adding value to them. They are intentional about adding merit and make it part of their core values.
Your team members feel worthy when celebrated. Celebrate the uniqueness, skills, diligence, ideas, and the values of each of them.
Make yourself more valuable
The premise of adding value to the lives of your team members is because you have usefulness to add. You cannot give what you don’t have. The challenge of leadership is that the willingness to learn, grow, and being more aware of who you are. Want to add value to others? Add value to yourself.
You should be able to teach a skill, make a career changing introduction, and open the door to a better opportunity.
Know and relate to what others value
“Inexperienced leaders are quick to lead before knowing anything about the people they intend to lead. But mature leaders listen, learn, and then lead.” John C. Maxwell
Many leaders are too quick to take charge. A good leader takes the opportunity to listen to what every person believes is important, and then leads.
The attitude of leadership affects the office culture. By having a servant mindset which adds value to your team, you will create a culture that better serves itself and your company.