Leadership really comes down to a choice: Do you want to lead or do you want to rule? It’s a choice between genuine leadership and fake leadership. It may help to ask yourself: Am I the kind of leader I would like to follow? Chances are, if you can answer with an enthusiastic “Yes!” you’re a thriving leader. If not, you may want to get real and spend more time focusing on those you lead.
Few people work harder, smarter, and better when working under an oppressive leader. Quite the opposite. The worse a leader treats people, the worse the results will eventually be. Leadership, in its purest and most noble form, should be about bettering the lives of those being led. The leaders we most admire leave us better off than they found us. In other words, the best leaders have our interests at heart.
The key to thriving leadership is to leaven confidence with humility. To keep your leadership thriving, we offer these tips for putting humility to work: Ask Questions, Show Your Warts, Surround Yourself With People Who Are Smarter Than You, Spend Time With People You Outrank, Open Yourself Up to Feedback and Say “Thank You” Sincerely and Often.