According to Simon Sinek, great leaders need to have empathy and perspective, but based on his experiences, he believes that many leaders are oftentimes so concerned with their own status or position in the organization that they actually forget what their real job is.
As Simon says, the real job of leadership is not about being ‘in charge’ but rather ‘taking care of those who are in our charge’.
Simon has found many of the leaders he works with, who are at the top of their organization, say that everything they do is about their clients.
Although this is important, Simon is quick to point out that many of these leaders have actually spent very little or no time at all with clients themselves.
It is the people in charge of clients who actually do the important work. So, leaders must prioritize taking care of these people, so that they can do the very best work possible when working with clients (or customers or students).
To this end, Sinek points out that many leaders need a reality check, from time to time, as a reminder about what their real role is. When leaders shift the focus away from themselves in order to prioritize taking care of those who are in their charge, they plant the seeds for deep impact in their organization.
As I reflect on my own leadership role and the leader that I aspire to be, Simon's work is critically important to my own development.
For any leader reading this, what about you and your role?
How do you ensure that you are taking care of those who are in your charge?
How do you hold yourself accountable to help them be their best?
Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.