Why Great Leaders Put Others Needs Ahead Of Their Own

We often display a natural tendency to put our own needs before others’…

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though. As Psychology Today’s Lisa Firestone notes, “Maintaining a certain regard for ourselves and engaging in self-compassion and self-care are actually fundamental to creating a good life for ourselves and the people who matter most to us.”

Focusing on our own needs can protect us from burnout and other negative consequences. However, in the leadership world, this focus often crosses into a decidedly more selfish territory. In today’s complicated workplace, if you don’t put the needs of others before your own, you will lose in the long run. If losing in the long run isn’t big enough, when you put the needs of others before your own as a leader you do two big things.

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