Lately I’ve been commenting in all my public talks that the lack of leadership is noticeable. There just don’t seem to be any compelling leaders. It’s not that they aren’t vocal. It’s not that they don’t have presence. It’s not even that they can’t articulate a clear vision for the future. The problem is that their vision doesn’t really serve anyone but themselves.
To have a vision is not enough. What sort of vision compels others to follow?
A compelling vision is rooted in service. In fact the service component is more important than the vision itself. When we are selfless, it changes the way we show up for others. If we are selfless, we can be patient. We automatically become better listeners, more charitable. Our interest in others is more genuine and because it is genuine, it is easy to build trust. The charisma we exude is not that of a slick salesman, but that of a warm, empathetic human being.
If you are struggling to figure out your place in this world, in your community, in your company….check for service. Whom will you help, how, and WHY. Your reason for doing everything matters more than anything.