“Enough about me. Let’s talk about me.” All too often, leaders focus the majority of attention on themselves instead of the people around them. While this characteristic usually takes the form of dominating conversations, it can also result from concluding that one’s role and work are of greatest importance to the organization. When this happens, the leader starts skipping meetings and devotes little if any quality time to their team or their colleagues.
Leadership is not about the leader. It is about the team they lead, the organization they serve, and the perceptions created through their actions…or their physical absence. It is easy to get caught up in our own hubris from time to time, but if we ever start to believe we are indispensable, that is the moment we begin to make bad choices.
The only thing more deafening than grabbing center stage at a meeting is the sound of one’s absence from the meeting. Make time for constructive dialogue with your team. Honor your commitment to be present at meetings in both body and mind. Be proud of who you are and what you accomplish…but keep it in perspective.
Be intentional about it…