People love positions of leadership because they usually come with perks and some level of prestige. However, perks and prestige do not make a leader. To become a leader – an effective leader, you have to bear in mind that the real cost of leadership is self-interest.
Without this awareness and the willingness to sacrifice the self for the good of those being led, leaders abuse their authority and use their power and influence for their enrichment. The worst thing is that they sacrifice their people in the process. Source: Leading With Intent, The Cost of Leadership - Have You Paid it.
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