The Law of Addition

The fifth law of the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Addition:

“Leaders Add Value by Serving Others”

The critical question is this: Are you making things better for the people who follow you? Leaders who add value to others do so intentionally, because human beings are naturally selfish. Being an adder requires us to think about adding value to others.

The attitude of the leader affects the atmosphere of the office. If you desire to add value by serving others, you will become a better leader. And your people will achieve more, develop more loyalty, and have a better time getting things done than you ever thought possible. That’s the power of the Law of Addition.

Consider it this way, you as a leader have a specific set of goals, either personally or professionally. Likewise, those that follow you have their own set of goals. When we combine efforts to help each other reach our goals, not only do we achieve them quicker but the compound effect of collaboration will generally result in achieving things that were not even part of the original picture.

Leadership is about advancing others, not about advancing yourself. If you first help people get what they want, they will help you get what you want.

Summing-up: The bottom line in leadership isn’t how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others. That is achieved by serving others and adding value to their lives.

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