This is the final video in a series of fifteen (each has an accompanying blog post) about the roles wise leaders play. There's link to the previous fourteen videos and accompanying posts at the bottom of this post. Alternatively you can download this PDF which links to each video on the one page.
One of the reasons that I have little time for most politicians is that instead of being the enablers we need them to be they are full of themselves and actually in the way of progress.
Wise Leaders Are Great Enablers.
The great Zig Ziglar reminded us long ago of a profound truth “If you help enough people get what they want, you will get what you want.”
So yes there's an element of self-interest in leadership, the key is that it's enlightened self-interest.
There are five essential ways that I know to enable other people:
1) Believe in people.
2) Value everyone you meet for the special one-of-a-kind human being that each of us is.
3) Show appreciation to people and invoke the other heart qualities.
4) Ask other people what value they want from you and how you should deliver such value, and then deliver.
5) Learn from people through storytelling and conversations whatever is in the way of them achieving what's important to them. Then help them to remove all barriers. Get out of the way yourself if needed!
Become the wise leader you want to be.
Previous videos and posts in this series