Selfishness is Obsession after own desires: Consumed with your own interests, needs, and wishes while ignoring those of others. Some of its synonyms are greed and egocentric.
It has killed businesses. Both small and big businesses have been victims. But you can be spared or change it to a lesson. We are concerned that a leader can be a victim of this and not be aware. This article is to be awake you for a check yourself and then you can salvage yourself and your organization. Take our coaching, ‘Leader know yourself’ www.courses.ddfoundations.org
Where we are
Businesses that deliver in peak performance despite extreme challenges do so by recognizing and surviving certain specific dangers: selfishness.
At the peak of it, selfishness kills people instead of needing teamwork to deal with injuries, technical needs, lean resources, and threats of the harsh business climate.
In certain more teams, selfishness kills impact, profits, and opportunities. Such a persistent danger creeps organizations very often than imagined.
Innocent-looking workplace politics can bring down the largest of businesses. Many a time the blames is shifted to lack of strategic planning, poor implementation, or lack of creativity. In digging deeper, however, among the cases in several organizations, we find out that selfishness alone ran the denial, evasion, blindness, or cover-ups till their death point.
The truth is that selfishness eats profits, the future, and the sustainability of organizations. Our course, ‘The motivation for Leadership’ can be helpful. www.courses.ddfoundations.org
How much is lost to selfishness?
Selfishness drives absence of power-sharing, benefit-sharing, risk sharing, teams inclusivity, profits sharing, e t c, and the general outcome falls to unfulfilled teams, attrition, and dying organization
Don Schmincke in his 2008 article analyzed that;
‘The resulting damage of selfishness with more than 10,000 executives from 1997 to 2007 produced an alarming statistic: selfish behavior sucks 20 to 80 percent of productive time out of organizations, with the overall average hovering around 50 percent.
Companies hardly measure this damage even though this damage goes further to immeasurable costs – growth index, business quality erosion, wastefulness, turnover, and low morale.
How can leaders overcome selfishness?
Servant Leadership is the Solution.
He un-sits himself in his mind and puts others there in place of his ego. The servant-leader is servant first, it begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, and serve first. A good objective of servant leadership is to help the poor-doers to do well, and the good-doers to do even better. Servant leaders lead with others in mind. This means He shares power, creativity, values, benefits, profits, influence, success, risk, communication. At this point, he is no more selfish.
Business must be seen and taken as a calling to service. Businesses are humanistic institutions and not just money-spinning institutions.
We call for this paradigm shift through regular exposure to the skillset of servant leadership. With this, we can have a better organization and a better society. Servant leadership will help us achieve better workplaces and a better world. ‘Performance can go through the roof’ in the words of Art Barter. To achieve mindset set change in servant leadership our course or coaching can help. Give us a call here: +2348026966225
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Daniel Wumani is the president of Daruwana Servant Leadership Institute. A growing organization that is raising a new tribe of leaders for this Century through coaching and tutoring.