As a kid growing up, I always thought I wanted to be the CEO. Then, as I got older I decided that maybe it would be fine to just be the CIO of the company. Technology was a passion of mine and so it made since that I only dealt with technology and not a lot of the other stuff. At the end of the day, I always wanted to be the boss.
As I’ve gotten older and had a wide variety of bosses, I also learned something about being the boss. It’s really hard. Being a great leader is hard. One problem many leaders face is that they want to be in charge and that’s a recipe for disaster in most cases. Simon Sinek framed what a real leader should look like:
When you look at leadership the way Simon Sinek described it above, I think a lot less people would be interested in being the leader. It also illustrates why leadership is such a challenge. Leadership isn’t about ego. It’s about taking a deep-rooted interest in the people you lead. At least this is what the best leaders do.
Are you a leader who does this for your co-workers? Do you take care of those in your charge?