It’s Not About You asked, “What is the single most important thing to know about leadership?” a lot of things come to mind.  But I continue to be drawn back to a simple reminder I once heard from a leader I respected and followed.

“Dave,” he would say, “if you don’t remember anything else about leading, remember this. It’s not about you.” Leadership is about the team. Leadership is about the mission. Leadership is about the need.  Leadership is never about you.

If your focus as a leader is “what’s in it for me,” you have stopped being a leader and become a consumer.