When it comes to leadership.. there is really nothing new. The principles of how to lead and the core competencies that it takes to lead have not changed in thousands of years. It is in the execution of leadership where we find new techniques and styles that cause us to be effective leaders or dare I say.. bad leaders. But in essence, leadership is leadership. In the Army we develop TTP’s (Tactic’s, Techniques, and Procedures) for everything. On how to clear a room to how to repair a tank, the TTP’s associated with the task drive the leader and follower to finding success.. it is all about how to be the most effective and ultimately, Win.
As I have grown as leader and came to a better understanding of effective leadership versus ineffective leading, it dawned on my that in leadership we draw on TTP’s of effectively leading.
One such Technique of effective or good leadership is articulated very well in Simon Sinek’s book “Leaders Eat Last, Why some teams Pull together while others Don’t”. He states, “the true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own. Great leaders truly care about those they are privileged to lead and understand that the true cost of the leadership privilege comes at the expense of self-interest.” This statement encapsulates the Greatest virtue of leadership. Being a Servant leader or Putting the needs of others before our own.
It is a real simple concept. We put those that we lead ahead of us. As leaders we are bound and determined to focus on the tasks completion. But what we need to understand is that it takes the team to accomplish the task. The team that you lead is the effective force that will achieve success if you lead them. Putting their needs before your own will ensure their motivation and willingness to shoulder the burden of the task. It will build cohesion in the team and model servant leadership throughout the team. Team members will better understand what their part is and will go the extra mile for you when the trust you, believe in you, and know that you care for them.
This leadership principle has been around for ages. It has not always been used and the results have varied. The one thing that we know for sure is that it works and it is the Greatest leadership TTP.
Be a Servant Leader. Put the needs of others in your daily lives ahead of your own. Today’s mission is to be a better person and make those around you better.
Care for and take care of one another and you will be the greatest of leaders.
Have a Great Scouting Day!