In today’s Attainable, Brandon Dawson reflects on sacrifice and its role in helping to free you up to do other things while empowering others to reach their full potential.
The leader must give up to go up. What does that mean? Well, think about it. Think about when you started your business. You did everything all by yourself. You answered the phones. You unlocked your door. You made the coffee. You greeted your patients.
Well, what happens when you hire your first employee? What happens when you train them to do those things for you? As soon as you start teaching others to do the things that you do, it frees you up to do other things.
Well, if you want to move up in your organization, if you want to do and accomplish a greater magnitude of impact, the only way you could do that is by bringing others into your influence, and then influencing them to do the things that add the highest value to your organization. And the more things you give up to others to do, in your organization, the more you’re freed up to do other things are more important.
Well, leadership is the same way.
“If you want to attract people who are aligned with your organization, you have to sacrifice something in order to gain something.”
See, that’s your investment. Sometimes it’s sacrificing, letting go of the way you think it needs to be done, and trying to control everyone around you.
Sometimes the sacrifice is learning, to connect with others, to develop others, to make their priorities your priorities so that they’ll be aligned with your interests and they’ll want to help you build your organization. See, the heart of a good leader is sacrifice. It’s not a one time payment, but an ongoing process. The more you show your team, the more you show your community you’re willing to invest in them by giving something up, the more you attract higher [? lid-level ?] people.