“A star wants to see themselves rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around them become stars.”
One of the most important things that we experience are those relationships we form and maintain with one another. For me, as a leader of a school I attribute those relationships to helping me to become who I am today. I need them as much as I think they need me. In today’s quote author, speaker and podcaster Simon Sinek reminds us that as a leader our goal should be to continuously support and do all we can to help their own star rise. It is not for the personal gain of the leader having their own star rise to the top.
A servant leader always puts others’ needs first before their own. By paying it forward it shows others how much you care about them and when they see how much you sacrifice for them they will in turn do the same for you. I am experiencing that in my new school as I have several of my staff from my former school helping me to establish and refine certain systems within my current school. I am constantly thanking them for helping me and my new school and they continuously say to me that they are doing this because it is me and how I always treated them with respect, kindness and compassion. If I hadn’t, they never would have considered helping me. But…since I did, they said it was a no brainer.
It makes me feel good and reminds me to always put forth the people around me first. As the saying goes, “It’s a poor frog who doesn’t praise their own pond.”
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?