Yesterday I read a quote and a question from leadership expert, Bobb Biehl. He wrote, “A visible gift typically returns to you a ‘Thank you!’ An anonymous gift typically returns to you a lifetime of pleasant heart-hidden memories. Which would you actually prefer?”
His quote challenged me to do some soul searching. If I am being honest, too often I lean toward visible leadership instead of invisible. Most leaders do. I don’t want to be that way though.
I fundamentally believe that the best leaders are the ones who lead out of love and not out of a need to be admired. Genuine i2i leadership is not about ego, it is about letting go. Of self, that is.
Maybe today would be a good time to give a secret gift to someone who needs a boost.
Don’t be surprised if you are the one who receives the real gift. It is called lasting satisfaction and it can only be found when you go undercover.
What are some ways a leader can give anonymously?
Randy is an author, speaker, executive coach, and the CEO of InteGREAT Leadership. He invests his time encouraging leaders around the world.