Duck Tape Marketing's John Jantsch had a visit with Simone Sinek, author of Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't and his quote caught my attention how bookstores have entire self help sections and not a single help others book section. How true! The title of Leaders Eat Last reminded me of the military cafeteria where privates ate before generals and sure enough, John's article comments on just that philosophy.
Narcissistic leadership is not uncommon and a journal study suggests that when a group is without a leader, a narcissist is likely to take charge gathering an adequate mix of co dependents around him which usually happens in many a corporate setting; their own interest always being protected and many of the most charismatic leaders are only out for their own success. And their initial charisma gave them the added boost to be in the center of the limelight.
As a teacher many years ago, a counselor in career education commented that they liked hiring teachers, they were born leaders because most cared about helping others attain a successful path in life. It was the success of others that won them accomplishment. And many of those teachers sat in the back row of the auditorium, watching their students take the lead.
Why can't we do the same in the corporate setting? Honoring our employees, giving awards, but the CEO's taking a backseat in that auditorium when the program isn't about him or her but something much more to celebrate than themselves.
We wouldn't be where we are if it wasn't for the grace of others. It is such an aged principal dating back to biblical times when Jesus built his team of followers and his final words were to build others.
Maybe I will write that new book to add to the new section on building others.
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't is an excellent read that talks about a world where everyone is inspired to go to work everyday while feeling that their leaders trust and value their commitment.