Feb 20 2011

Leadership as gift-giving

From my other blog:

Everyone has gifts. A true leader not only recognizes this, but empowers people to use those gifts.

Everyone also has needs. I need your gifts, and you need mine. No man is an island, not even the CEO or board chairman or head pastor. A healthy, growing organization requires an understanding that all relationships within the organization are reciprocal—that is, I give to you, and you give to me.

True leadership is about gift-giving. As I’ve mentioned before, leaders will look for, and recognize, the needs of those around them and look for ways to meet those needs, whether they are a co-laborer or the boss.

True leadership is also about receiving gifts from others. If someone isn’t willing to admit their needs and accept the gifts of others, they aren’t leading, they’re merely managing (if that), and everyone suffers for it.

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