One of my favorite songs is “Circle of Life” (by Tim Rice & Elton John). It’s on the “Lion King” sound track. You can view and listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8ZnCT14nRc
My favorite line in the song is this: “You should never take more than you give.”
Life is fullest when we commit to serving others, in ways both small and large. That concept is nicely captured by the lyrics of Rice and John. The world is a better place when we give more than we take.
Leadership is about service to others, purely and simply and most righteously. It is the act of giving. Many who charade as leaders with motives more aligned to achieving notoriety, gaining wealth, acquiring fame, and wielding power are what I consider to be counterfeit leaders. Selfishness and egotism are the drivers underneath their actions.
Leaders of integrity, however, “give more than they take” every day, in the interest of two goals:
1) Make the lives of others better.
2) Make the world a better place.
As always, we get to choose (how we will live, how we will lead, who we will follow).