Updated: Nov 5, 2020
Leading a big organization is what nearly every employee in the corporate world dreams
of. When you finally make it to be up there, you are seen as one of the best brains in the
business. You have many looking up to you for advice or to learn how they can reach your
status as well. The respect and prestige that such positions command might do more harm
than good to their holders, depending on their respective personalities, passions and skills.
Many leaders develop a sense of self-importance, while others are committed to making
their positions purposeful. Which of the two sides do you belong to and are you convinced
that it is the better option? Or are you at a crossroad trying to choose whether to focus on
your self-growth or make your current or aspiring position more purposeful? Well, we’re
going to have a look at each of the two options to help you make well-informed leadership
Making your position purposeful
When you decide to make your position more purposeful, you turn your focus to creating
an inspiring and energizing atmosphere for the team that you lead to bring out the best in
them. . As a way of inspiring their team, a purposeful leader brings each member of their
team on board in major decision making processes and motivates them to work together
towards the accomplishment of their common goal. Besides, the leader understands the
strengths and weaknesses of each member of their team and knows how to identify growth
opportunities for members to take advantage. They create an environment in which the
people they lead are ready to commit themselves to deliver the best.
Purposeful leaders uphold servant leadership. They are ready to let go of anything that might be an obstacle to their teams’ goals. It’s no longer solely about your self-advancement but the growth of your team as a whole. Mostly, this happens when you as a leader are passionate about your work.
Purposeful leaders are not easy to find despite their increasing demand. A report done by
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development shows that only 20% of bosses in
large companies describe themselves as ‘purposeful leaders.’ Another report by DDI World
shows that purposeful leaders make their companies outperform the market by about 40%
financially. Therefore, if you are a purposeful leader, rest assured that you have plenty of
opportunities to grow as a person.
Leadership for self-significance
We normally say that the sky is the limit and that’s why you feel you still want to rise
higher. Of course, you deserve better. Pursue your dreams and fulfill your
desires. However, you need to be cautious not to be too egocentric to the extent of pulling
other people down so that you go up.
Some leaders who are egocentric find themselves micromanaging their teams because they
fear that empowered subordinates might take over their positions. This is a wrong
approach. In fact, you might limit your success if you go this way as a leader. The ability to
work well with others is very important for personal growth as a leader. Essentially, you
want to strive for self-significance. When you do, you are not threaten by others’ talents.
You are whole and complete within yourself as a leader and as a person.
Factors of self-significance:
• Understanding what motivates your actions
• Learning from mistakes for growth
• Desiring to learn as much as you can
• Good communication skills for healthy interactions with other people
Whether you want to grow as a leader or to promote team success, strive beyond being
successful. Go after self-significance. It will go a long way.
Your time for personal revolution is now: Are you able, ready, and willing to seize it?
Until then, Be Limitless and Discover Your Next.
What’s Your Next?