“A general is just as good or just as bad as the troops under his command make him.” General Douglas MacArthur
I like this statement because it speaks to the true heart of leadership. Leadership is not about you or me. Leadership is about those who are following.
When I first began learning and experiencing leadership, an employer, who had a military background, told me “take good care of those under you and they will take care of you.” This is so true.
Leaders can become so enamored with leading that they only focus on themselves. We can easily forget the necessity of this role is about others.
Interestingly enough, as General MacArthur said, a leader is only as good or bad as followers make them.
Look around and listen to those we are leading. What are they saying or doing? Good and careful observation can reveal a great deal about our leadership.
A true and lasting impact needs to be built upon a leader who places emphasis upon others rather than themselves. Think Souls!