Greater Than Yourself (GTY) is not an ordinary leadership book - this book is special, providing a universal message for all aspiring leaders. In fact, the book is really a call to action.
The author, Steve Farber, has taken the concept of The Golden Rule
and effectively applied it to the workplace and every person in a position of leadership.
This book is told as an inspiring parable. Farber is a highly effective
story teller and he does a great job of keeping his readers glued to
every chapter of the story. He effectively weaves leadership related lessons and ideas into the story and provides ideas and solutions that are actionable by the reader.
You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar
The story teaches us that because of the journey you will take in making another person better, you too must change. You must learn and grow and because of the sacrifices you make on behalf of another individual, you too will become greater than you were when the journey began.
It is inevitable that we change as time goes on, provided we are actively seeking knowledge to improve ourselves. As a leader, Farber encourages us to put others first in that quest for knowledge, and in return the leader will also benefit from the experience.
It makes total sense. The best way to become an expert at anything, is to have to teach the subject to someone else.
"The greatest leaders make others greater than themselves."
- Steve Farber
Greater Than Yourself Principles
The author is the first to admit that the process of GTY can feel awkward at first, even counter-intuitive.
After all, most of us are taught early on to compete and work hard to
maintain a competitive advantage over anyone who might someday threaten
Farber maintains that while giving of yourself may feel strange because
of how we tend to be conditioned, giving is actually a human need and
the perceived risks of giving are myths.
There truly is no gift greater that you can give yourself as the gift of giving to another person.
Helping our fellow man, coaching our subordinates, sharing our best
practices with peers – all of these actions make us better, stronger –
Expand Yourself - create a deep understanding of who you are and what you stand for in order to pass along those strong qualities to others.
Give Yourself - give yourself the gift of
philanthropy. You will become better for it and make a meaningful impact
in the lives of many. By giving regularly, you will be amazed at how
much more you receive in countless ways.
Replicate Yourself - as you practice the art of paying
it forward, you will become more confident in demanding that
others give of themselves. As you challenge others to contribute to the well being of others, you are in effect giving them a gift they won’t recognize
until later - but eventually they’ll recognize the value of that gift and be eternally grateful for
Leaders who have a loyal following are those who instinctively work
alongside their team members, showing them the
way to success.
GTY leaders are often heard saying things like:
"What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become by achieving your goals."
- Zig Ziglar
“Here, let me show you how – watch me.”
“Now, you try this and let me observe your approach, then we can discuss how it felt and how you might fine-tune it next time.”
“Excellent job! You did that perfectly. I’m impressed!”
The Greater Than Yourself approach truly has the power to change your life, the lives of others, and indeed the world. I encourage you to take the first step and read this book. You’ll be glad you did.
Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership. He is a
leadership consultant and speaker, and is the author of the national
bestseller The Radical Leap, and The Radical Edge. He lives in San
Diego, California. Learn more at SteveFarber.com