Jerks think they deserve everything that is coming to them, and the people who have to deal with those jerks really hope they get everything that is coming to them. In either case, these are not the sorts of attitudes you want to foster in business. Great (and non-jerk) leadership comes from placing other people ahead of yourself. Whether you call this “servant leadership” or something else, working for the people who work for you is a healthy business attitude. Amy Modglin provides some advice to develop this attitude in an article for Forbes:
- View your people as your biggest success.
- Acknowledge and appreciate people.
- Know your people.
- Leave your ego at the door.
- Empower your people.
Alright, three out of those five points sound vaguely the same, but there is some nuance to be had in it. People are your most valuable asset, so there is nothing hippy-ish in treating them that way—it is just the honest truth. And besides, even if you are an egomaniac and only care about how you look, you should remember that your employees’ performance and engagement levels are a direction reflection of your leadership. If they look miserable and disengaged, that makes you a misery-inducing, disengaging leader.
In lieu of this grim scenario, you should be seeking to give your employees valuable work, and then offering up praise and recognition when they see that work through. Neither of these is optional; employees require both in order to feel fulfilled. Modglin adds this:
Everyone wants to be trusted to make decisions. Empower your people to make certain decisions. Do not short change them. Allow them opportunities to shine rather than discounting their abilities and doing it yourself. Do you have a big presentation coming up with your executive team? Allow one of your top performers to give the presentation instead. Being empowered will make them confident and help them strive for larger-than-life goals.
For further thoughts, you can view the original article here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/09/20/leadership-its-not-about-you/