For successful leaders, reaching new levels of influence requires the ability to see beyond themselves and their individual perspective. This ability to see beyond themselves and understand more about what is going on beyond them is known as ‘Outsight’.
To understand people better and to make the right decisions, it’s important that the leaders should see the bigger picture. Here are a couple of tips that can help leaders learn the art of ‘going beyond themselves’.
Leaders who focus more on personal advancement and personal benefits are often deemed as selfish, self-centered, and insecure, and usually, such leaders don’t get the desired support from their teams. Such leaders stand in sharp contrast to those who listen to their teams, encourage them to share ideas, mentor them for growth, and above all see the need of right kind of people around them. Like Albert Einstein said, “A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.”
For leaders, it is equally essential that they expand their horizon and capacities to see the bigger picture in life. They can achieve this by setting right priorities, discovering the larger purpose, and surrounding themselves with positive and capable people. One of the fastest and the easiest ways to learn is to hang around with better people and seek their guidance.
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are we doing for others?” – these words by Martin Luther King, Jr. perfectly sum up the phrase ‘giving beyond yourself’.
Successful leaders are those who, instead of using people for their own benefit, work towards the holistic development of people around them. They foster a work environment in which people are encouraged to expand and evolve to become successful in whatever they pursue.
Our Wheels of Hope Challenge is also inspired by the principle of ‘going beyond yourself’ to help others. In this incredible team building activity, participants form groups to compete with each other but this time for a social cause – to make Wheelchairs for the less blessed. This fun-filled activity involves solving puzzles and challenges to earn enough ‘points’ to purchase equipment needed to complete the wheelchairs. Overall, the Wheels of Hope Challenge teaches the participants the art of giving and touching the life of another individual in some meaningful way.
We all should remember that we exist to serve a need, to enrich lives, and to make this world, in our own possible ways, a better place for everyone.
How do you inspire your team to look beyond themselves to see the bigger picture? Do write to us and share your ideas.