An outstanding TEDTalk from Simon Sinek on why servant leadership; love and self-sacrifice is effective leadership, even in the military where your intuition is most likely to tell you otherwise. Do you feel safe? Are you making others feel safe?
“(When) we are forced to expend our own time and energy to protect ourselves from each other…that inherently weakens the organization. When we feel safe inside the organization, we will naturally combine our talents and our strengths and work tirelessly to face the dangers outside and seize the opportunities…when the people feel safe and protected by the leadership in the organization, the natural reaction is to trust and cooperate.
Leadership is a choice. It is not a rank. I know many people at the senior most levels of organizations who are absolutely not leaders. They are authorities, and we do what they say because they have authority over us, but we would not follow them. And I know many people who are at the bottoms of organizations who have no authority and they are absolutely leaders, and this is because they have chosen to look after the person to the left of them, and they have chosen to look after the person to the right of them. This is what a leader is.” – Simon Sinek