Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns

Posted on 24. Jun, 2014 by in Career, Leadership, Leadership Development, Life Skills, Personal Development, Purpose, Relationships, Trust, Workplace

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 4.29.21 PMMost of us—myself included—believe that the best leaders are those who help, support, guide and serve. But what we don’t always realize is that the more we give, the more we help, the more we guide, and the more we serve, the more we get back in return.

Great leaders serve with their time. The precious resource of time is among the greatest of gifts. When we give freely of our time we get gratitude in return. It’s a reward that can rarely be bought, and it has great value.

Great leaders serve with empathy. When we think about those who matter to us most, those who have made the biggest difference in our lives, it is not the ones who offered us quick fixes or even the best advice, but it is the ones who listened to us with empathy. When we offer empathy and listening ear, and we are rewarded with learning.

Great leaders serve with patience. Patience is not learned when everything is going well but is cultivated when everything is falling apart and nothing is going right. Great leaders extend their support, allowing what needs to happen without looking for perfection. In return, we gain new stores of patience for the future.

Great leaders serve with recognition. When we give recognition to another, we are finding special moments and acknowledging their gifts. It is among the noblest gestures, and in return we receiving the gift of knowing we have helped others grow.

Great leaders serve with connection. When we care about others, we make it our business to connect with them; when we connect we create intimacy; when we create intimacy, we feel connected; and connection creates loyalty. When we connect with others we receive alliance.

Great leaders serve with forgiveness. We all make mistakes and mess up. That means we are risking more, trying more, taking more chances. When we allow the space for forgiveness, in return we receive creativity and innovation.

Great leaders serve with mentorship. There are many ways to pass on wisdom and skills, and help others learn how to be better in their lives. When we lighting the heart of someone else, in return the our own flame is extended.

Great leaders serve with great returns, when we commit to serving, the benefits are exponential.

When we are of service to others—when we give, support, guide, mentor—we are really receiving what we need most.

Lead From Within: Do what great leaders do and be of service to others. Give much and receive much in return.

Lolly Daskal is the president and founder of Lead From Within a coaching and consultant firm that manages large scale corporate coaching and custom made leadership programs. Connect with Lolly Daskal

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8 Responses to “Great Leaders Serve With Great Returns”

  1. Chery Gegelman

    24. Jun, 2014

    Great post Lolly! This line was the first one to jump at me, “When we offer empathy and listening ear, and we are rewarded with learning.” Maybe because it is one of those situations I don’t enter into with a goal of learning – so I am always surprised when I do. …And maybe I learn better because I’m not tryint to learn. I’m just seeking to understand and support. Thank you for causing me to pause and ponder.

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  2. Alli Polin

    24. Jun, 2014

    Lolly,

    Truthfully, this post makes me look at my desire to serve and where I’m falling short… like with patience. Even small changes will not only make a more meaningful impact on others, but also add so much more to my own life and leadership.

    Thank you!

    Alli

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  3. Terri Klass

    24. Jun, 2014

    An inspiring post, Lolly as you help us see leadership as a gift of giving!

    What speaks to me is , “Great leaders serve with connection”.

    When leaders take the time to cultivate relationships and show others how much they care, they are helping to build future and nurturing leaders.

    When we can model reaching out to others and asking them about their lives and dreams, we are leading in a meaningful way.

    Thank you Lolly for your thought-provoking post and leadership!

    Terri

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  4. Garren

    24. Jun, 2014

    aloha Lolly…

    I appreciate how you identified and described
    qualities of great servant leaders within
    the framework of the Law of Reciprocation…the
    law of circulation.

    Thought provoking post as usual.

    Thank you…

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  5. LaRae Quy

    25. Jun, 2014

    You had me with this statement: “What we don’t always realize is that the more we give, the more we help, the more we guide, and the more we serve, the more we get back in return.”

    So true! And thanks for the great reminders of all the ways in which we can truly be rewarded in return!

    Great post, Lolly…as always :-)

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  6. Warren Whitlock

    30. Jun, 2014

    We are mistaken if we think that a leader leads to get what he wants. A great leader knows that serve the needs of others is the highest goal

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