One and Only One Leadership Principle

Leadership Ahead

I received this email recently:

Ron, a question for you.

If you had to pass one and only one leadership principle to others leaders, What would that one principle be and why that one?

That’s a hard question, but I thought for a minute and came to a thought.

Here’s my reply:

It’s not about you.


Because, leadership is about something bigger than you.

If ever we begin to believe its about us, or our agenda, or our plan…or even more dangerous…our people…we will become controlling, prideful and eventually ineffective.

How would you answer?

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19 thoughts on “One and Only One Leadership Principle

  1. Simply Jesus washing of the Disciples feet at a time where could of been doing anything else but this was the perfect example on leadership.
    Servant Leadership.
    In business I call it Servant Economics. By your Service you earn.
    It is truly God's way and cannot be matched by any other human contraption or concept.

  2. You are so right on this. If I were to add something, I'd toss in what I call the Trinity of Leadership.
    Love God…Love Others…Love Yourself.
    The first two keep us humble and able to remember that it really isn't about us. And the last one helps us to accept the call God has for us as a child of his.

  3. I believe that leadership has everything to do with the words of the Apostle Paul in I Corithians 3:4-9
    Has nothing to do with what we are but God in us!

  4. That's a great one Ron. I'm not sure I could think of one guiding principle that would be better. One thing I remind myself of often is that leadership is more about a relationship than it is about having authority to command obedience.

  5. Ron, I love it brother! Servant leadership is the only way to lead. I’ve worked for or with Fortune 500 companies for 25 years and unfortunately, I’ve been around many more people who want to be served in order to stroke their own ego vs those who want to humbly serve for the betterment of all involved! We need more leaders like Christ! Christ led by serving God; serving others. He humbly died so others might live! We should lead by His example! Thank you for your wise words & humble leadership style! Your a true servant leader!