Newton never took the time to expand this concept to leadership, so I will.
Newton’s Third Law of Leadership
For every big leadership personality, there is an equal and opposite personality balancing it out.
What do I mean?
Good question. I’m not yet sure but take my hand, we’ll figure this one out together.
I recently discussed the importance of admitting when you’re wrong. You can either be right or you can be a great leader, you can’t always be both.
Let’s talk about those people who always believe they are right. You know at least one of them, I’m sure. They are the ones with the big ego; the ones who always blame failure on somebody else.
It is the people with the biggest egos that have the hardest time understanding failure isn’t all their fault, because they are the ones who also have a hard time accepting success isn’t all due to them.
Equal and opposite forces.
In other words, for a leader to accept the fact that they are not the sole source of a company’s failure means they have to accept that they are not the sole source of its success. They have to drop the ego.
Read that paragraph again. Soak it in. I’ll wait….
Do you accept your role when a project fails? Similarly, do you acknowledge others’ influence when a project succeeds?
Remember, the way you are at your best is a reflection of how you are at your worst.
Equal and opposite.