Adding Value and Subtracting Value

Adding value doesn’t occur by accident, nor is it something that happens on its own, like the tides. The best leaders add value intentionally by knowing what is important and making choices based on that knowledge.

But that question, whether we are adding value, is not the only question. We also have to ask ourselves if we are subtracting value too.

Are you adding value to yourself or subtracting value from the person who matters the most? Are you acquiring new skills? Are you spending your time on improving your competencies? Are you adding value to your team or subtracting value from those you care about the most?

Are you delegating to others to show that you trust them? Are you eliminating the barriers that make others feel useful and important? Are you allowing your team to step into their roles and step out with their talent? Or are you controlling and micromanaging?

Do you hold family paramount? Do you remember to cultivate a relationship with your family, to give something to and for them on a daily basis? Sometimes we get busy and we forget to make the time. Are you checked in or checked out? Make family a priority, and make decisions that benefit those you love. The concept of making a difference for your family holds families together in tough times as well as good.

There is a cause or an issue out there with your name on it—something important to you, someplace where you can serve and make a difference in a way that is unique to you. Are you devoting energy every day into making a difference or are you waiting for the right time, right place, right people to appear in your life?

Find the time to ground yourself daily in the things that are most important to you: your team, your family, your passions.

Summing-up: Stop and think. Are you adding value or subtracting value? Think hard where you want to concentrate your efforts, and where you most want to make the most difference because that is where your leadership and life begins.

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