Jon Gordon had this to say about great leaders:

  • Good leaders get people to believe in them.
  • Great leaders inspire people to believe in themselves.
  • Good leaders say “Watch what I can do.”
  • Great leaders say “Let me show you what you can do.”
  • Good leaders catch fish for others so they can eat today.
  • Great leaders teach people how to fish so they can eat for a lifetime.

After reading this does this inspire you to lead differently?  Does it make you want to look ahead to what the future could bring or does it make you want to work on the short term?

I don’t know about you but I am not satisfied with being good.  Good is having an above .500 record in college basketball.  Better is making the NCAA tournament.  Great is making it to the final four. 

What do you want to be remembered for and what do you want those you lead to be remembered by?  Are you more interested in making yourself great or in leaving a legacy of greatness in people you have affected?  One is addition and the other is multiplication. 

It’s your choice.  Do you want glory for yourself now.  Or do you want people to talk about how you changed a whole culture by humbling yourself and teaching others.