Lose the Ego and Find the Leader Within by Al Smith

We all know leaders need to do a lot of things. Have a clear vision is just one of many things being discussed. I couldn’t agree more, but the key is to keep it simple and focus on what we can do as leaders, to make it about the people and be the best example we can be.

It all starts with losing the ego. When we eliminate ego, we can become “a part of” instead of “apart from”. This is crucial in developing trust with your employees. Most people want someone who treats them like they matter and makes them feel “a part of” the team. The following LEADERSHIP acronym has some suggestions and principles to practice, that can help eliminate ego or at least reduce it some.

Listen.

This is our best assessment tool. Listen to your employees or people in general. Everyone has a voice and deserves to be heard. Ask questions and really listen. Look at yourself first. If you are asking others to do something or act a certain way, make sure you are doing it as well. Learn from others. Everyone is capable of teaching us something.

Engage.

Employee engagement has been a popular topic recently. Leaders need to engage with their employees. Be interested. Take a minute when you can and let them know you care. Be an Example. Always.

Assess.

Assess every situation, all issues, obstacles and opportunities. Take appropriate Action based on your assessments.

Develop.

Develop new leaders. This is a must. We need more quality leaders. Be a mentor and show others how it is done. Make good and timely Decisions. Above all else, make a Difference.

Encourage.

Encourage others. It means a lot to be encouraged by a leader. This also sets a good example for other employees to encourage each other. Have Enthusiasm. Show your followers (employees) you are excited about your job as a leader.

Respect.

Show respect for all your employees and staff. They all deserve it, from the CEO to the maintenance person. Recognize and Reward others for their efforts. Be Responsible. Always.

Serve.

Leaders must Serve others. It is not about you. It is about them. Put them first and they will follow you. Always try and Smile and keep a positive attitude. Share your knowledge with everyone.

Help.

Help out when you can. A Hands-on leader will be more liked and respected. Be Honest and practice Humility.

Inspire and Influence others.

As a leader, you can make a huge difference in the lives of others. Believe in them. Give them Hope.

Lead with Passion and a Purpose.

People can tell when you have it and when you don’t. Plan. You have all heard it. When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Be Prepared for anything. You just never know. Put others first. Always.

These two don’t fit with the acronym, but they are very crucial for leaders. Practice Gratitude and be Optimistic. If we continue to practice the basics, we will not have to “get back to them.”

If we as leaders practice these basic and simple principles, the rest will come a lot easier, your employees will be more likely to “follow the Leader” and the future of leadership will continue to shine brightly

Remember, with ego you are “apart from.” Lose the ego and be “a part of.” It’s a beautiful thing.

What do you think ?

 

About Al

Al is the founder and chief care officer for The CARE Movement.  Improving morale at work and home. Speaker, Student, Messenger of CARE: Communicate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage. Al’s daily goal is to Inspire and Influence Positive Change. Follow Al on Twitter here.

Graphic by Shawn Murphy

Al is the founder and chief care officer for The CARE Movement. Improving morale at work and home. Speaker, Student, Messenger of CARE: Communicate, Appreciate, Respect, Encourage. Al’s daily goal is to Inspire and Influence Positive Change. Follow Al on Twitter @PASmithjr.

  • http://www.martinamcgowan.com Martina

    You are correct, Al. The most important thing we can do for people is listen. And, I appreciate the acronym. You have laid out nice simple steps that we should all be able to follow, whether we are leading a thousand or 2.

    Removing our ego from the picture invites others to oartner along with us in accomplishing team efforts. As leaders we should never see ourselves and “apart from” or “above.” We may be a little bit different, but we are still a member of the team.

    Martina
    @martinamcgowan

  • http://www.craigmcbreen.com/ Craig McBreen

    Hi Al,

    This is a great list and should be requisite training for anyone in management.

    I honestly don’t know how anyone can be an effective leader without losing the ego, becoming part of a team, and leading my example. So many managers I’ve had in the past sure fit the “apart from” mold, but I’m sure they didn’t last long, ’cause they sure didn’t inspire many.

    Love the way you spelled this out. Now we need big, fat posters. ;)

    Thanks, Al.

  • http://www.lifeforinstance.com Lori Gosselin

    AL! HOW do you do it!? This is a great acronym! I think you sum it up beautifully here: ” If we continue to practice the basics, we will not have to “get back to them.” Well said!
    Lori

  • http://www.ignitechange.net Craig | Personal Change Life Coach

    Hi Al. I like how you broke it down into simple subtitles and let them speak for themselves. Thanks

  • http://SocialMediaDDS.com Claudia

    Your guide to great leadership skills and understanding it’s relationship to ego are right on, Al. The CARE movement and LEADERSHIP go hand in hand…as long as we give up the ego!! Excellent post Al!

    Claudia

  • http://www.late-bloomers.net Barbara

    Al, great post, thanks for sharing!

    What strikes me most is your opening statement: “It all starts with losing the ego. When we eliminate ego, we can become “a part of” instead of “apart from”.” Beautifully spelled out.

    And as Craig said: now we need big, fat posters!

    Trust you are doing fine, thinking of you always, take CARE, Barbara

  • http://www.njgreats.blogspot.com lori sica

    this is excellent
    I so enjoyed reading it
    and will share it.

  • http://www.thecaremovement.com Al Smith

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. You know I appreciate your continued support and encouragement. This was a pleasure to write and I am so grateful for both, Ted and Shawn.

    Pleas continue to CARE and Share.

    Al

  • http://releasingmetoday.com Deeone Higgs

    You’re absolutely right on point here, Al! Ego is a major killer, of not only a persons ability to tap into their leadership qualities, but it will also kill any hope and dreams they might have, as well. I agree with your choice of principles too. You’ve shared with us the major components it will take an individual to step up their game in whatever endeavor they might find themselves. Great share mate! Thanks for the insight.

  • http://www.PaulJolicoeur.com Paul Jolicoeur

    Great post! My favorite are you mentioned was the need to develop leaders. In order for us to multiply our effectiveness and truly move to better opportunities, we need to develop new leaders and replace ourselves.

  • http://www.PaulJolicoeur.com Paul Jolicoeur

    Great post! My favorite are you mentioned was the need to develop leaders. In order for us to multiply our effectiveness and truly move to better opportunities, we need to develop new leaders and replace ourselves.

  • http://www.thindifference.com Jon Mertz

    Great principles. Intertwined through each, in my opinion, is humility. Humility in leadership makes it real, personable, actionable, and the list continues. Thanks. Jon

  • http://www.switchandshift.com Shawn Murphy

    Al, clearly you have a supportive audience. And your topic? Well, it’s one we all never tire hearing. We look forward to future posts from you.

    Be well.

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