In this episode, we explore the topic of leadership and the significance of having the right motive as a leader. There is often a misconception about what it truly means to be an effective leader, and this misunderstanding usually originates from a self-centered mindset. As leaders, we can have two main motives – one that is focused on ourselves and the rewards and privileges that come with the position, and another that is centered on serving others and accomplishing the mission together.
When leaders are driven by a self-focused motive, their ability to prioritize the needs of their team and the overall mission becomes hindered. Their focus shifts towards personal gain, and they may neglect important responsibilities and overlook the well-being and development of their team members. This ultimately prevents the team from reaching its true potential.
On the other hand, leaders who adopt a motive of service are propelled by a genuine desire to serve their team and work towards achieving a common goal. They are willing to put in the hard work, have difficult conversations, and make tough decisions because they prioritize the success of their team over personal comfort or recognition. These leaders understand that their role is to guide and support their team members, and they actively seek opportunities to empower them to thrive.
As leaders, it is crucial for us to reflect on our motives and honestly question why we aspire to be in positions of leadership. Is it primarily for personal gain and the perks associated with the role? Or is it driven by a genuine desire to serve others and achieve a common goal? By examining our motives, we can gain a deeper understanding of what truly makes a great leader.
Having the right motive allows us to align our actions and decisions with the needs of our team and the overall mission. It empowers us to lead with integrity, humility, and a commitment to the growth and success of those we lead. Ultimately, leadership is not about personal accolades, but rather about empowering others and collectively achieving greatness.
- [0:21] Introduction and One Factor that Determines Your Effectiveness as a Leader
- [0:50] Two Main Motives We Can Have As Leaders
- [3:36] Examine Your Motive and Why You Want to Be a Leader