John Maxwell, in his book The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, asks why people desire to become a leader. For the perks or the benefits? Or are they
motivated by a desire to help others? He suggests that if leaders want to
become the kind of leader that people want to follow, then they must settle the
issue of “servanthood.”
Do you have an attitude that you should be served rather than to serve? If yes, Maxwell recommends the following advice:
· Stop lording over people, and start listening to them.
· Stop role-playing for advancement, and start risking for others’ benefit.
· Stop seeking your own way, and start serving others.
Maxwell believes that “If you want to lead on the highest level, be willing to serve on the lowest level.”
What’s your motivation for leading others? The badge? The control? I hope it’s the same reason we’re in the fire service to begin with, to “serve others.”