What will your next promotion mean to you? More money? More power and authority?
This is generally what comes to mind first with the aspiration of a promotion.
But what if you changed your perspective? What if that promotion that you worked so hard for actually meant much more than just money, authority, or a new title?
Besides, leadership isn’t about you, a title, or a position. Leadership is an action, a verb, not a noun.
Here is one question I want you to ask yourself when you reach for that next rung.
“What kind of impact will I have with this new oppportunity?”
By asking this one question you have now shifted your perspective from self-serving to outwardly serving. Once you realize that your role as a leader isn’t at all about the position or the title, but the greater impact, then you’ve put yourself in a different realm of thought.
So if it isn’t all about the extra money or the title, why should we strive to climb that ladder anyhow? If we could climb that ladder all the way to the top, all the while placing the main focus on developing others and creating an impact, imagine the ripple effect that would be carried through in the lives of others.
A quote popped into my head a couple weeks ago while I was on the treadmill. I’m not exactly sure why, but this is where my creativity ‘runs’. Pun intended.
“Leadership is less about getting to the top and more about getting just one rung higher to have enough leverage to pull up those underneath”
That is pretty powerful if you try to visualize it. I picture the leader hanging on with one hand while reaching down to grab the leader below and pulling them up. Sometimes they are on the same rung, sometimes they are just one or two rungs apart.
As a leader you have the continual responsibility to:
- Develop those around you
- Recognize their strengths and weaknesses
- Bring the team together
- Effect positive change in the organization and the lives of others
- Realize the reach of your impact
And this doesn’t change despite your position or title.
Are you willing to shift your perspective on future promotions?