“Control Your Own Destiny, or Someone Else Will” was the title of the best-selling book written by Jack Welch, the Former CEO of GE. The premise of the book was to take control of your life and your career. If you do not, other people will control your path and direct your goals and objectives.
When you indicate to people that you are a servant leader, or believe in serving your people, they immediately think of this as a weakness.
“Don’t judge my niceness as a weakness.”
Being a servant to your people does not indicate weakness. It means that you place development and needs of your people above your own. From this position, you are better to control your destiny (as well as others around you) as your team will trust and respect you more. As a servant, you have proven to them that you are willing to “get down and dirty” with them. Also, you have spent a significant amount of time with them on their specific responsibility.
Take control of your path and your objectives by remaining in control of your situation. To stay in control, Servant Leaders will:
1. Earn the respect of your team by being a servant to them
2. Maintain your path to your vision when faced with challenges.
3. Keep focused on your key objectives and the long-term strategy.
Do you control your own destiny? What actions have you taken in order to maintain control?
Kontinue to Konker,
Chadwick Taylor is CEO of KONKERER Leadership
He helps clients develop leaders with a servant mentality through individual development and workshops