“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say ‘I’. And that’s not because they have trained themselves not to say ‘I’. They don’t think ‘I’. They think ‘we’; they think ‘team’. They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don’t sidestep it, but ‘we’ gets the credit…. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” Peter F. Drucker
Peter Drucker’s thought challenges the core of leadership influence.
When a leader spends time talking about or writing about themselves, using ‘I’ in reference to their own abilities, achievements, or plans, influence is lost.
One of the most outstanding points of Drucker’s quote is thinking “we” and “team.”
The greatest thrill of leadership is recognizing what “we” are able to do, what “we” have achieved, and what “our” plans are for the future. Lao Tzu claims the aim of leadership is fulfilled when followers say, “We did it ourselves.”
Nothing could be more powerful for spiritual leaders than learning to live by the thought of the day.