Who are you competing against?
I just listened to an older Simon Sinek podcast titled, “What is Leadership, How to be a great leader and Game Theory.”
Like most of Simon’s podcast, it led to new insights and reflection on my own leadership practices. He shared the importance of leading with empathy and changing your perspective. It was his early hat tip to servant leadership that hooked me. As leaders, are we focusing on being better at the job, or being better at supporting the people who are performing the job? And when he got to the part about being part of the infinite game (you’ll understand if you give it a listen: https://lnkd.in/gPr4tTdj), I was even more intrigued. He gave examples of Microsoft who is always trying to beat the competition, and Apple who is always trying to be better than they were yesterday. When we change our leadership perspective and compete against yesterday selves, we find ourselves on top more often than not.
And the quote that struck me the most? “Leadership is a practicable learnable skill.” I couldn’t agree more. Which is the main reason I wrote the book, Leadership at Every Level. Not everyone aspires to be a leader, but everyone has the capacity to be. And those in leadership positions, have the responsibility for continual growth. How are you growing as a leader?