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Be a Leader for the Right Reasons

September 30, 2013

Daily ReadBe a Leader for the Right Reasons

It may seem logical that everyone wants to be a leader given the opportunity. It can be viewed as a privilege and certainly an ego boost.  If you’re doing it for the wrong reasons, you’ll never inspire people the way you must to really achieve success. If you’re in it for money, power or prestige, you may want to reconsider your position or realign yourself with some more selfless reasons.

Wrong reasons to be a leader…

Money. There are a lot of other roles out there–consultants, educators, speakers–where you can use your skills and be well paid without spend too much time fretting over why your direct reports aren’t doing what you want.

Power. Power is overrated; it means making the difficult decisions and disappointing and upsetting people on a regular basis.

Prestige. Being a leader can come with some nice perks, but chances are you’ll spend little of your time enjoying these fringe benefits, and a lot of it worrying about the results you’re trying to achieve.

Right reasons to be a leader….

Goals. If you have a dream of your own that you can’t achieve without the help of a lot of people, you’ll need leadership skills to get them behind you.

People. The best leaders put most of their time and energy into helping other people be more successful, by making connections, giving feedback, and providing the resources they need.

Responsibility. Whether you’ve started a company or landed in a management position, then you’re already aware of the responsibility of being a leader and that being better will only help your company be more successful.

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