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Leadership is About Them, Not You

Sounds like a simple philosophy, doesn’t it?  It is simple, but not easily accomplished.  If you as a leader are spending all your time worrying about your image or your success, a change is needed.  The whole concept of leadership is that you are able to get things done through other people—preferable people who want to do those things and follow you.  If this is to be the case, it is important that you assume an outward-focused leadership style.  If others are the ones who do the work, then your real work is to provide them with what they need, whether it be supplies, skills, people, organization or encouragement, and to remove barriers for them.  The other thing they need from you is your gratitude.  They need to know that you recognize and appreciate what they do, and that you are aware that they are the ones who make it happen every day.

Simple concept—difficult to execute.

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