September 27

How To Be Small So Others Can Be BIG | WT #21


There is something to be said in strong Leadership when it comes to “letting others shine.” Indeed, in order to bring out the best in others, a leader needs to make sure that proper credit is given where credit is due. But sometimes that takes some intentional effort on the leader’s part. Here are three steps to “being small” so that others may “be big.”

  • Step 1 – Good manners have become less common in our individualistic, ego-driven, secular culture. Start to behave in a way that feels over polite. No one will have a problem with it. You might even start a ripple effect!
  • Step 2 – If you watch carefully, people don’t receive enough love or appreciation, and crave it. The best way to love in any setting is to be small. How? Smile at each encounter; acknowledge something someone else has done; connect with them by finding a similarity between you and elevate them with some encouragement.
  • Step 3 – Practice asking more questions, and making fewer statements.

Good manners and love are in alignment with the virtues of Justice and Fraternal Humility; respectfully meaning “giving people their due” and “service to others.” A mark of strong leadership is in bringing out the BEST in others, and the more your people are properly credited, everyone wins.

About the author 

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is Co-Founder of the Authentic Leadership Institute. He is a native Texan and a graduate of Dallas Jesuit and Texas A&M University. Over the past 25 years, Darren has visited 35 countries and led 100 strategy programs. He and his wife have five children.


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