John Maxwell, in his book Your Road Map for Success, defines success as:
Knowing your purpose in life,
Growing to reach your maximum potential, and
Sowing seeds that benefit others.
Leaders add value by serving others. The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others.
There is no more noble occupation in the world, than to assist another human being—
to help someone succeed.
— ALAN LOY MCGINNIS
The interaction between every leader and follower is a relationship, and all relationships either add to or subtract from a person’s life. If you are a leader, trust me you are having either a positive or a negative impact on the people you lead. There is one critical question:
Are you making things better for the people who follow you?
If you can’t give some evidence of making things better for your people, then you are probably a subtractor. 90% of all people who subtract do so unintentionally.
When a leader subtracts and doesn’t change his ways, he goes from subtracting to division.
In contrast 90% of all people who add value do so intentionally. Why? Because human beings are naturally selfish. l’m selfish, adding value requires me to be out of my comfort zone.
Add enough value to enough people and your effort multiples.
Benefits of adding value, serving others:
1. It benefits those being served.
2. Serving is fulfilling.
3. It allows us to lead with the right motives
4. Serving develops a leadership culture, and a leadership team.
You don’t need a title to serve.
Success is usually when I work hard to benefit myself. Significance is when I work hard to benefit others.
1. Add value by valuing others. Never make people feel important but believe that they ARE important.
2. We add value when we make ourselves more valuable.
3. We add value to others when we know and relate to what others value.
The more influence I have, the greater my impact on others — for better or worse. I want to add value, not take it away.
You’ll always have everything in life’ that you want IF you help enough people get what they want. —— ZIG ZIGLAR
How and when are you a servant leader?
Do you know what the people closest to you value?