By Marcel Schwantes via inc.com Article
Why Do Leaders Fail at Their Jobs, Exactly? Here’s the Entire Reason, Summed Up in 1 Sentence
“I’m going to put everything on the line here. If you were to ask these ten of the world’s most successful leaders about their roles as CEOs of their respective companies, I would wager that every single one of them would tell you that a leader’s ultimate role (including their own) is to lift up their employees and help them to reach their fullest potential so they can thrive in the workplace. Anyone want to take me up on that?
And the reason they do it is two-fold: 1) They KNOW this way of leading has immense competitive advantage; 2) They CARE about their employees, so they choose to serve them well because when you do, research says they’ll be engaged and do great work — the whole company succeeds.
The Reason Leaders Fail, in 1 Sentence
Robert K. Greenleaf, a world-renowned thought-leader and the founder of the modern servant leadership movement, wrote these famous words in his legendary essay ‘The Servant as Leader,’ published in 1970. This, in essence, sums up the entire reason why leaders fail, if they don’t heed the following advice by Greenleaf:
The servant-leader is servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.
When you fail to serve, you fail to lead. … whatever your status or rank, serving first as a leader is for the other person’s benefit. You selflessly focus attention away from yourself and put the spotlight on others — the people doing the work. … The challenge for most leaders today is to set aside ‘self’ and focus on others to help them reach remarkable results.”