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Leadership Tip from Jack Welch, that I’ll Never Forget

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I was recently promoted within my organization and with the new position came greater responsibility.

As I reflected on this new leadership opportunity, I was reminded of a brilliant quote by one of the most successful business minds in America:

“Before you’re a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” — Jack Welch

I love this quote! It speaks to the essence of why some of the greatest leaders have been successful in leadership roles. It is not for self-glorification or recognition. It is because great leaders should help guide and support others so they can better achieve both individual and organizational goals.

I’m grateful for the mentors, family members, coworkers and friends who have invested in my growth and development. I can’t think of a more fulfilling role than to help develop and encourage others, in the same manner that I have been supported.

The concept of leadership is bigger than any individual. Being “other-centered” will help you build and maintain relationships, while also helping others achieve their goals.

If you know a leader who embodies this true spirit of leadership, I encourage you to share this blog with them and let them know how their leadership has impacted your growth and development. Show them that their actions are far more significant than their title.

I submit that being a boss holds minute value, but being a leader, who evokes greatness from others, is one of the most rewarding parts of a career one could ever accomplish. More importantly, as an ethical leader, it is your privilege, responsibility and opportunity to make the greatest positive impact possible on your team.

Always remember, Leadership is a Lifestyle.

— Ryan W. Hirsch
Operations Manager, NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT)