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Paradox Of Leadership

Paradox of leadership

In my last two posts, Nobody Rises To Low Expectations and It’s On You I have reflected on leadership from two different perspectives. Continuing on the same theme, here is another perspective on the paradox of leadership.

If you want to feel in control as a leader, you need to focus on your people instead of yourself. 

Connect with everyone under your charge, help them understand, guide them in their performance, remove their roadblocks, give them control, and keep them informed- The sense of control you will feel and the results your team delivers will surprise you.

Two of my favorite thinkers, Simon Sinek and John Maxwell, spotlight the paradox and the purpose of leadership in this way. 

Leadership isn’t about winning. It’s about bringing people with you to the finish line.

John Maxwell

The goal is not simply for you to cross the finish line but to see how many people you can inspire to run with you.

Simon Sinek

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