Leaders who understand that leading others is a privilege also understand that leading is, first and foremost, about service. Unfortunately, too many people feel that having a position of leadership and authority is their God-given right. They feel superior to those in their employ or at so-called lower levels in the organization. I have often seen a certain level of arrogance and entitlement exhibited by people in leadership positions.

Remember being the leader means that you have been placed in a position to serve others; it has nothing to do with you; leaders are accountable for the success and livelihoods of dozens, hundreds, and or thousands of people. They should never forget this fact and never act in a cavalier fashion. Their decisions, actions, and how they carry themselves impact a large and diverse community.

According to Warren Bennis, always remember that leadership is a privilege. When you’re in a leadership role, your influence may impact the trajectory of peoples’ entire careers (and often life!).

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