“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 Drucker
The importance of thinking beyond ourselves and working toward the good of the team is paramount to success.
As a business owner serving clientele, we need to put their needs first in order to give them our best service, and to keep them coming back to us.
As an employee, we need to put the needs of the organization we are working for above our own in order to do our best job for them and to be appreciated and appropriately compensated.
As a parent, we need to set the primary goal for our family to be one of teamwork as well, one where we all pull together to love and support one another and help each other learn and grow. Ultimately, my goal as a parent when raising my children was to raise them up to love and serve God and to be independent individuals who made a worthwhile contribution to society.
I recently took a class on leadership using the book The 360° Leader by John Maxwell. This is a terrific book on being a leader from any position in life. I highly recommend you read this book if you have never read it.