• Keith Wells

An uncomfortable truth about leadership?

It shouldn't be, but it is. Being able to put yourself in another's position, understanding that their interests and success might have to come first, often seems to contradict the whole idea of being the leader. Aren't you supposed to lead? Isn't it all about "Come on", rather than "Go on"?

We believe that of all the demands and definitions of leadership, it is the quality of generosity that is likely to be the most challenging. And the most impactful.

Trusted leaders know that leadership is not something done alone. By involving everybody in their firm they dramatically increase the chances of finding the right solution, and of gaining people’s commitment to it. They know that to lead is to serve. That other people’s successes, however small, wherever they come from, build over time and lead to staggering results – shared by everyone.

And this is especially important in difficult times. If your instinct is to pull up the drawbridge at the first sign of adversity or uncertainty, you're failing in your leadership role. Rather than resort to the defensive, you need to become more expansive: asking more, engaging more, giving more.

It might be uncomfortable, but we believe that in these toughest of times, no business and no leader can really afford not to be generous. How do they learn to be (and that will be a "learn" for many)? Please listen to our latest podcast with Jo Larbie

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