The Disease of Indifference to Others

The eleventh Disease of Leadership is:

The disease of indifference to others.

This is where each leader thinks only of himself or herself, and loses the sincerity and warmth of genuine human relationships.

This can happen in many ways: When the most knowledgeable person does not put that knowledge at the service of less knowledgeable colleagues, when you learn something and then keep it to yourself rather than sharing it in a helpful way with others; when out of jealousy or deceit you take joy in seeing others fall instead of helping them up and encouraging them.

Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others.

Leaders who allow their egos to run rampant will tend to stop doing what made them successful in the first place. For example, a leader may succeed because he or she created good relationships with those around him or her, listening, responding, and so on. With success (and the belief that it’s the leader that is creating great success), some leaders will stop listening, and become out of touch.

Summing-up: Do you put your own success ahead of the success of others? If this is the case, then you are maybe suffering from this disease of leadership.

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