Friday, November 16, 2012

Why Leadership Sucks: Fundamentals of Level 5 Leadership and Servant Leadership

By Miles Anthony Smith

Why Leadership Sucks


Do you wish you were in leadership? Or are you frustrated with being in leadership? Why does leadership suck?

It sucks because real leadership is hard and requires selfless service. It sucks because the buck stops here, meaning it is ultimately the leader’s responsibility to deal with all of the crap. It requires less effort to “lead” in the harsh, dictatorial, selfish way that is so prevalent today instead of balancing our hard and soft nature. The alternative is servant leadership or Level 5 leadership. This kind of leadership is uncomfortable, humbling, self-denying, painful, and counter-intuitive; nonetheless, it is the only kind of leadership that brings lasting results, genuine happiness, and true self-fulfillment.


“Freely you received, freely give.”

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