REAL Leaders are Other Focused

REAL Leaders are Other Focused


Excerpts of my guest blog post:
 
Executives that secure big pay packages for themselves and then lay off thousands of employees don’t inspire much loyalty or confidence. Yet examples of such corporate excess and greed are plentiful.  Why are we surprised when employees don’t feel like doing their best for the organization? Why are we surprised when our organizations suffer accordingly?
 
Recent research finds that we become more egocentric and self-centered as we gain more power. Sometimes, we believe that we can hide our insecurities by attacking, blaming, or otherwise tearing others down. Moreover, according to Harvard Professor Clayton Christensen, we often focus on activities that yield the most tangible accomplishments while neglecting relationships because we are driven by instant gratification.
 
The irony is that while we desperately search for happiness in our egocentric world, we only find it once we truly value and appreciate others. While spending time creating relationships and building others up doesn’t always have an immediate payoff that can be reported on a balance sheet, it is, to use Professor Christensen’s words, “the most enduring source of happiness.”
 

For more on this post, read the rest at Tanveer Naseer's blog where I posted as a guest today here.


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