We, Not I

Be leery of anyone in a leadership role that references the individuals that they work with as “my people” and starts most sentences with “I.”

Peter Drucker, nearing his death after 65 years as a highly successful business consultant, offered this key perspective on effective leaders.

“Great leaders could either be ‘charismatic or dull’ or ‘visionary or numbers-orientated,’ but the most inspiring and effective managers he knew all had said we rather than I.”   —  Peter Drucker  —

No person is yours, be conscientious so as to not refer to others as such.
Each person best leads their own course to a well-defined and shared goal.
Listen and observe closely how the leaders around you reference others.
We, not I.  Our, not my.

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