Secure leaders are not afraid for team members to be better than them. In their mind it equates to overall success not personal competition.
Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. (Galatians 6:4 MSG)
Sadly many leaders are short sided or small minded. They find it hard to see the big picture because they refuse to look beyond themselves.
Secure leaders see far beyond themselves and even their organization to the greater cause of why they exist.
A secure leader surrounds himself with talented, skillful people high in character and competence. He is not threatened by them but embraces what they bring to the table, knowing that if everyone puts their best foot forward it benefits the whole team and is not a hindrance or harm to his own personal success but rather contributes to it.
The truth is being threatened by team members will stifle success. Hiring people that are far less gifted then you may make you feel big but will ultimately make your organization small.
Are you cooperating or competing with your team. Cooperating wins competing loses.
If you want to be successful surround yourself with people of high character, competence and consistency. Then enjoy them and turn them lose to use their skills and together you will build something worth having. You’re the leader you know it and they know it You don’t have to prove it. Just lead.
1. Know you who are.
If you’re confident in who you are then you’re free to let them be who they are.
2. Cooperate don’t compete.
You’re on the same team, work together, and allow your skills to sharpen each other.
3. Celebrate them.
Realize their strengths cover your weaknesses they don’t expose your weaknesses. It proves you know who you are and are comfortable with yourself.
4. Be the leader.
True leaders don’t have to remind everyone all the time or put others down, or hold others back to prove their leadership. They simply pull the team together and lead. If you can lead big people it makes you a big leader.
I would love to hear stories about secure leaders you’ve worked with or insecure leaders you’ve worked with and what it was like in either case.
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