For me, it is to treat people in ways they don’t treat me. To care about people that don’t care about me. To be fair to people that are not fair to me. To give a second, third, and fourth chance to folks that would throw me under the bus if they had the chance. To hold my tongue about people that disparage me. To help those that I am quite sure will never return the favor.
This is especially difficult if you have even a little bit of position power. Power can be intoxicating, and it does not take much power to cause good people to do bad things.
But all this comes with the territory. If you are not willing to struggle every day to rise above it, you don’t deserve the privilege of leading others.
It is not a battle I win every day, but it is one I find worth fighting.
What is the hardest thing you have to do as a leader?