I don’t know about you, but I love the feeling I get when I’m able to help someone.  This is especially true in the workplace. Recently I provided an opportunity for someone to give a presentation.  After some resistance, he proceeded and did a great job! Afterward, I gave him well deserved recognition. I also sang his praises to the rest of the leadership team.

Leadership is about helping others and empowering them to lead. It’s also about enjoying the success of other people.

Unfortunately, sometimes people get put into “leadership” positions, when they shouldn’t. Some people don’t enjoy helping others, or seeing others succeed.  That’s okay. This doesn’t make them a bad person, but it does mean they aren’t leaders. If you’ve ever experienced working for someone who never praised you for a good job, you know how terrible it is. Most people, more than anything, want to feel appreciated.

It’s ironic but by helping others, we help ourselves. If you think about the great leaders you admire, they all have something in common. They surrounded themselves with good people, and they empowered them. Steve Jobs once said, “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.”

In your role at work, regardless of your job title, ask yourself, am I helping others? Am I helping to develop and empower people, and am I enjoying their success? If the answer is no, it may be time to reevaluate whether you are in the right role. Or, you may need to realign your core values and priorities.

About the Author: Mike MacIsaac is the owner and principal consultant for MacIsaac Consulting. Mike provides leadership as an Agile Delivery Consultant and IT Project/Program Manager. Follow Mike on Twitter@MikeMacIsaac or subscribe to Mike’s blog.