We often hear about those great leaders who have achieved something amazing in terms of corporate performance or turnaround.
On the other hand there are fewer examples of others going out of their way to lead by example with only the best interest of another individual as their motivation.
I came across such an example last week when I logged in to one of the groups I belong to on LinkedIn. The post on the group started by Mike Henry Sr spoke about the predicament facing Dan Rockwell known to many on twitter as @leadershipfreak.
Dan was involved in a major auto accident the week of thanksgiving in the US resulting in serious injury to Dan and the prospect of a long road to recovery. Unlike here in the UK where we have the NHS free at point of delivery, Dan does not just face the physical challenge but the financial challenge of covering the medical bills that a major incident like this bring.
And this is where real leadership and leading by example was demonstrated.
Becky Robinson with the help Lolly Daskal, Jesse Lyn Stoner, and Mike Henry got to work with a campaign to raise $30,000 to cover medical expenses so that Dan could focus on the physical recovery without worrying about the financial issues.
On checking the item on the Lead Change Group on LinkedIn I saw an update that over half of the funds needed have already been raised which is an amazing testimony to the people who have made this happen.
You can read the blog post and find out how you can support Dan through the Lead Change Group initiative here
So what are the key leadership lessons from this initiative:
1. It’s people not buildings, equipment or machines that make the difference.
2. When we focus on a definite purpose with a definite deadline we achieve more.
3. Collectively we can achieve much more than any one person can.
4. Small contributions from many deliver great results.
5. People are drawn to leaders like Dan Rockwell who are always willing to help and support others.
Even if you are not in position to donate I ask you to spread the word on this chance to make a difference for Dan Rockwell
True leadership values the expertise that others bring. It synergises talant (and latent talent even better) to create magical outcomes. Real leaders have little personal ego and recognise that their absolute value is engaging charisma to deliver through others.
Too many leaders misunderstand the nature of their role and get too far up their own arses to see that their real role is a humble one.