“When you buy into your followers, they will buy into you.”
~ Rosalind Henderson
What this quote means to entrepreneurs:
This past weekend, I attended District One Toastmasters Learning Institute. The keynote speaker was Rosalind Henderson, a leadership coach who shared some ideas about leadership she learned from John Maxwell. Today’s quote, however, is what really stuck out for me.
When you are an author, an entrepreneur or a speaker — or, even better, all three — you have an opportunity, if not a duty, to step into a leadership role. But just because you are one or all of these things doesn’t necessarily make you a good or worthwhile leader.
Great leaders, effective leaders, love those who follow them. They “buy-in” to who they are as a group. When it becomes clear that you care about your tribe, that their success, wellbeing, or needs are of interest and importance to you, your tribe will “buy into” you. They will support your vision. They will support your mission. They will pay attention to your message.
Think of it this way: Would you want to lead people you don’t care about? Honestly … why would you want to be the leader of that tribe of “losers”? Conversely, would you want to follow someone who didn’t value you at all? Someone who thought very little of you and just wanted to suck out of you whatever they could? If you’re the kind of person I want to be around, your answer to all those questions would be no.
Be the leader you were born to be. Lead with compassion for your tribe and they will reward you in return.
Now It’s Your Turn:
Do you agree that caring for your tribe is an important part of effective leadership? Why or why not? Do you believe you come from a compassionate leadership platform? How do you show your tribe that you care? Please share your thoughts, comments, and sage wisdom in the comment box below.