How Helping Others Makes You a Better Leader

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

For John Hall, CEO of Influence & Co., a company that helps businesses with branding and thought leadership, “helping others can allow you to differentiate yourself and naturally attract people to your brand in a meaningful way.”

As he sees it, thought leadership means helping others, whether you’re a business leader or a student in an MBA program. To demonstrate why business professionals should think about putting Hall’s advice into action, here are three good reasons why you ought to consider helping others:

  • You learn and stay relevant by managing problems faced by those you lead. Working through the problems of those you lead requires creative problem solving, empathy, and strong communication skills—all factors which grow through experience. In the end, this personal growth and learning will inform better leadership.
  • Showing respect to your peers helps foster a community. People work harder when they’re a part of a team. By helping others—whether through recognizing their hard work on innovative ideas or providing help when others ask for it—you’ll foster that sense of community productivity.
  • Helping others can lead to better networking. The heart of networking is being part of a value-sharing relationship. Helping others feels good to them and to you, and makes it more likely that they’ll want to take your call in the future, whether you need something or not.

Teamwork is an important part of MBA programs. As you learn to work with different strengths and build bonds, your ability to lead in the workplace grows.

Coworkers, peers, and even competitors won’t always need help solving problems, but if you can help them when they do, you will secure your place as a valuable asset in your community, and position yourself as a reference worth paying attention to when your peers need a substantive solution to a pressing problem.

It’s true: helping others in the business world pays dividends down the road. 

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