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Leadership is not a title. Nor is it a right. It is not an excuse to boss others around. It doesn’t bestow upon its owner powers over others’ choices, values or decisions. Leadership is service. It is putting others first—their interests, concerns and needs. It is not glamorous. Any perks are outweighed by its responsibility and magnitude. And it is never about the leader. Leadership is not about the leader. It’s about those being led—the organization and its employees. Inherent in leadership is a paradox—to lead one must serve, to lead one must have others’ interests first. For all the alphas out there such advice seems counter intuitive. Alphas want to take the hill, storm the castle and bask in the glory. A leader’s team, however, wants to know and feel appreciated and wants to see, through the leader’s actions, that their interests are at the forefront of the leader’s mind and heart. The team will buy into the leader’s vision and mission if that vision and mission is as much about them as it is about the leader.

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