We can all see this pattern in our bosses, subordinates, and colleagues: They have all the right skills, use the latest management tools, articulate the right messages with the most popular buzzwords, and espouse the right strategies. But underneath something seems to be missing.
The first significant developmental transformation in our leadership journey involves a fundamental shift in orientation: from “I” to “We.” When it comes to measuring our leaders, we first sniff out is whether their arrows are pointing away from or curving back on themselves. If they lead from a self-centered “I” orientation; their arrows point directly back at themselves.
If their “arrows” are pointing away; they are selfless, not self-centered. If our arrows are not pointing away, others will know it. People rarely respond to leaders whose arrows point back at themselves. Becoming a more authentic leader is not enough. We must be clear about why we lead.