Memorial Day is an important and somber time, a commemoration of the people who have died in the service of this country-a gift whose value cannot be overstated.
One of the most poignant aspects of the holiday is this: the men and women who gave their lives overseas in war put themselves into harm's way knowing that there was a chance they would never live to benefit from their defense of liberty. The countless soldiers who fought in World War II did so while aware there was a decent chance they would not be able to enjoy a world without Hitler. Yet they fought for the freedom of others.
Today's leaders can learn much from that selflessness. When making leadership decisions for their organizations, the job of the leader is to do what benefits the led-helps them perform and makes them better team members and people. In my experience, breakthrough results often come when a leader shows the wisdom to sacrifice his own views or needs in favor of the greater good.
As a leader, what are you sacrificing to make your team better?