Jan 032012

This book does a great job of showing that the goal of true leadership is to help others-teammates, employees, and colleagues – become more capable, confident and accomplished than their leaders. Truly great leaders in life become so because they cause others to be greater than themselves.

3 keys to achieving  what the Author calls GTY(Greater Than Yourself):

1. Expand yourself.

The GTY process starts with you. You have to expand yourself, your knowledge, and your interests. You have to have a very deep and expansive sense of who you are. Your self-confidence has to unshakable.  Your heart has to be big enough to care about another’s hope and dreams at least as much as you care about your own. You have to be getting better and better, more competent smarter, more experienced, more connected to others all the time. “When you ain’t got nothing, you got nothing to give”-Bob Dylan.

2. Give yourself.

This book explains how the real pay off comes with the giving of knowledge not the hoarding of knowledge. If you are truly interested in making someone else greater than yourself, you have to give freely of not only your knowledge, but all you’re resources: your connections, network, experience, insights, advice, counsel, and even your time.

3. Replicate Yourself

It simply isn’t enough to make others greater than yourself. Replicate yourself by teaching others to do exactly what you have done for them. By making sure the people you elevate are doing the same for others.



 January 3, 2012  Posted by at 6:00 AM Leadership Tagged with: , , ,  Add comments

  One Response to “The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership. Book Review- “Greater Than Yourself””

  1. For any of us that run a business you quickly understand the weakest link theory (you are only as strong as your weakest link). What I liked about “Greater than Yourself” was that it exemplified the fact that giving is more powerful when it comes to employees and colleagues. I’m guilty, I’ll admit it. There have been times in my career where I withheld information thinking it would be to my advantage later. I’ve held back on helping others for my own advancement. Did it work? Short term- maybe, long term-no. I’m not talking about giving your new hire the keys to the business. I’m talking about the employees or colleagues that have proven to be trustworthy and capable of growing. It takes a little bravery to try to help someone else be better than you are. Immediately after reading this book I implemented the greater than yourself strategy. I tried to give some employees more responsibility and concentrated on helping them become better than me (which is a mountainous task –tongue in cheek). I saw some tremendous improvement in a few areas. I would even say I profited financially from the rising of some employees. I’m glad I read it and I’m glad I implemented the ideas. I see Greater Than Yourself as a great complimentary piece to the E-myth books.

    Geof White
    Author- Lemonade Stand Economics

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