Leadership Is Not For You

Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in Leadership, Legacy | 2 Comments


“The Legacy Crisis”

Leadership is always about more than what’s happening now; it must also be concerned with creating the future.

But most leaders are notoriously shortsighted.

To fix this, counterintuitively, we begin to recognize that leadership is always more about what we leave behind (our legacy) than what we actually see happening in the moment.

Leadership Is Not For You

Leadership is for those that follow you.

Without followers you are not a leader; you’re just an explorer.

The 4 Things Followers Need

  1. TRUST (honesty, integrity, respect)
  2. COMPASSION (caring, happiness, friendship, love)
  3. STABILITY (security, strength, support, peace)
  4. HOPE (direction, faith, guidance)

(Please buy the fabulous Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie to learn more about the last 4 ideas.)


If you liked that post, then try these…

Triage Or Die by Josh Allan Dykstra on May 11th, 2008

Good Leaders Don’t Do Everything by Josh Allan Dykstra on September 25th, 2010

Productivity Stats by Josh Allan Dykstra on March 5th, 2009


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  2. Scott
    April 28, 2010


    Strengths-Based Leadership is a great book! I did a presentation on this before and it went over well. Keep going!



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