Pet peeves are a funny thing. What bothers one person doesn’t bother another. Yet we all have pet peeves. We even have leadership pet peeves.
Leadership pet peeves are the things you see other leaders doing that bother you. You know, like the leader that:
Disrespects his team members
Chooses money over morals
Treats others as object
You get the drift. Leadership pet peeves are those things that bother you when other leaders do them.
I have my own leadership pet peeves. And today, I’d like to share with you my biggest leadership pet peeve.
My Biggest Leadership Pet Peeve
I have a passion for serving others. I believe serving others is the best way to lead.
It not only shows you have respect for those you’re leading. Being a servant leader also shows you haven’t grown too big for your own britches.
As leaders begin to become cocky and self-serving, they leave behind the idea of servant leadership and begin to take on a “serve me” leadership ideology.
This means rather than looking for ways to improve the lives of those on your team, the lives of those your products are helping, or the community around your business, you begin looking for ways to have others serve you. You look for ways to get ahead and leave others behind.
This is selfish leadership. And this has to be my biggest leadership pet peeve.
When leaders are selfish, they take, take, take. The forget what it was like to be on the ground floor. Rather, life has become all about the corner office and looking good.
Be wary as you begin to achieve success. The higher up you go, the more likely you may fall into the trap of selfish leadership (and not even recognize it!)