Leaders Go Last Yesterday we saw that Leaders Go First. But going first only tells half the story. It is just as important to remember that, Leaders Go Last.
One of the most unhappy days of my life happened when I was a five-year-old. The day represents my first recollection of bad leadership.
My mom left my brother and me with a baby sitter for the day along with a few supplies, including a box of Little Debbie Nutty Bars.
Everything was set for it to be a perfect day. The sitter had a horse, a tire swing, and a big yard for us to run and play, before the chocolate festivities would begin. Only it never happened. At least the chocolate didn’t. While we were out ripping and romping in the yard, the baby sitter stayed in the air conditioned house, and along with her evil sister, ate all of the Nutty Bars. I have carried my bitterness for over forty years.
Great leaders go last. Bad babysitters don’t.
I love the old saying, “Women and Children First.” It is a reminder to a sea captain that he will be the last one rescued should a shipwreck occur … that Leaders Go Last.
If you want to take your influence to another level, live by, Leaders Go Last. Take the worst parking place instead of the best. Show up in the trenches when no one expects you to. Give when others assume you will take.
And whatever you do, NEVER eat the Nutty Bars until everyone else had had one.
Who do you know that models the “Leaders Go Last” mindset?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.