You Can Make the World a Better Place

  What if you — yes, you — could make the world a better place? People all over the place talk about wanting to do that. They descend into an existential funk trying to figure out how they can do that. But guess what? There’s an answer. If you’re a leader, you can do your part to make the world a better place by making your workplace a better place to work. Reject ego. Reject the lure of power and prestige. Reject orienting your life around seeking the spotlight. [read more...]

10 Traits of Ego-Driven Leaders

We all struggle with ego — every single one of us. Ego-driven leadership is one of the most toxic elements that can be introduced to a team or organization. How can you tell if your leadership is ego-driven? 1. Ego-driven leaders often measure their success by how much others notice their success. It becomes more about being the center of attention than it does about actually being successful in and of itself. 2. Ego-driven leaders often feel better about themselves when others around [read more...]

8 Questions About Our Servant Leadership

Those who know me know I’m a huge fan of Socrates, and specifically the Socratic method. I think much learning and growth can happen within the context of (1) asking questions of ourselves and others, (2) thinking through questions and their underlying assumptions, and (3) searching for honest answers to those questions. So with that in mind, here are some I’ve been thinking through for myself. Perhaps they’ll be helpful to you as well. 1. Do I actually, truly listen to others [read more...]

How Does Your Leadership Affect Others?

Leadership can be measured, in part, by its effect on those we lead. Leadership affects people, for better or worse. Those interested in truly embracing a philosophy of servant leadership have some indicators we can look for. For instance… Do we energize others? Or do we drag them down? Do we encourage emotional health? Or does our leadership — intentionally or unintentionally — take a toll on the emotions of others? Are others becoming more wholly themselves? Or do they feel [read more...]
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