19 March 2008

Leadership is action not position

All successful people became successful,
because they gave some talent or ability in the service of others.
You can contribute in some way to others,
no matter how small your talent.
You too, can become successful.

No one achieves success without being of service.

Successful people don’t use others,
other people use the successful,
for above all success is of service.

Everyone has to be someone to someone to be anyone.
Service is the essence of success.

2 thoughts on “Leadership is action not position”

  1. Geoff Beck says:

    Andrew, I’m having trouble getting my head around the comment:

    “Successful people don’t use others,
    other people use the successful,
    for above all success is of service.”

    I would of thought that successful people would use others to help them to become successful?

    As per your recommendation I’m reading “How to win friends and influence people” (most rewarding) and Dale Carnegies focus’s on a philosophy towards networking and being around good sound minded people, hence feeding off others, therefore building a team of successful people (i.e. others) would create a successful model?

    Am I on the right track or have I completely missed the point?


  2. Hey Geoff – firstly mate I am so pleased that you are reading Dale Carnegies book – it is excellent and it still blows my mind that it was written 70 odd years ago. Napolean Hill is another one from the same era, with the same white bread philosophies that are as powerful as they get.

    I guess the comment Carnegie makes re the importance of being around good, sound minded people does result in the development of a good “team”, even if it is only a support team. The simplest way for me to understand the concept and certainly having lived it many times, is seeing what a group of energetic, passionate and like minded people can do when focused on an outcome. It is truly spectacular. For me having people like this in my life is of the utmost importance. They challenge and lift me to achieve more, to aspire and to aim high. Remember the old saying, if you lay down with dogs you get up with fleas? Well I guess this is the opposite illustration of the point. If your life is filled with mangy flea ridden dogs, you are bound to get an itch or two. So either get a flea collar or move on!

    With regards to the line regarding successful people, this is really interesting. If you are successful and by association, good at what you do, clearly other people will always want your services. Hence the more successful you are the more people who will want your services, so you will end up serving more people. In my mind, successful people don’t tend to look at service the same way as many others. They are happy and proud to serve others and to be confident and assured that their service has enormous value because they are good at what they do.

    Not sure if this makes sense or if it is too late and I am rambling. This may be a conversation to complete over that cup of coffee. Have a great Easter and once again, thanks for taking the time to raise some interesting questions.



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