About 30–40 years ago, the business world started to shift toward a servant leadership mentality. And while seeking to help others is great, it does not require you to forego opportunities for yourself. Dr. Todd helps you strike the right balance.
(upbeat motivating music) - A really interesting and needed shift began in the business world some 30 or 40 years ago, away from a focus almost exclusively on the self towards an orientation about serving others. (uplifting music) We very often refer to this as servant leadership. So, what is servant leadership? At its core, it's all about seeking to help others first instead of yourself.
It also involves being ethical, understanding how to listen, in general, being helpful. But it's over-arching theme really is about serving others and helping others before yourself. This new paradigm matters a lot. I mean, it supports great team comradery. It builds strong team chemistry. I think we can all agree we need more positive energy at work, right? Good stuff, but sometimes we adopt very needed ideas too blindly, too quickly, and sometimes we lose perspective.
Some of you think that being selfish is just bad, I mean, you've been taught since you were a kid that you're not supposed to be so selfish. Well that's not really true as long as you're not selfish all the time. Listen, you're in charge of you success. You're constantly selling yourself. Sometimes you have to tell the boss that you want to be the one to make the pitch to the client, or that you want a spot on that really interesting new project. I mean, don't get me started about raises and promotions, you have to remember to put your best foot forward and advocate for the credit that you deserve.
So listen, it really is all about balance. Servant leadership is awesome, but don't forget, that's just one orientation or one idea that you take to work with you every day. You also have to make sure at the same time, to look out for yourself.