We’re all naturally egocentric.
Our love for Hollywood movies comes from envisioning ourselves as the main actors, in a heroic triumph. Even in romance or mystery novels, we connect with the characters, relate to their problems and their imperfections.
We see ourselves as the protagonist of our own movie, called Life.
We’re the Luke Skywalker who’s been abandoned, yet destined for greatness. Everyone in our lives are the supporting cast, and secondary actors that are there to either guide us, or get in the way of reaching the climactic victory.
But as leaders, you’re not Luke Skywalker.
As a leader, you’re Yoda.
Mentoring his people.
Bringing teams together.
Helping people believe in themselves.
We think Yoda is this wise-old-man figure until we watch his fight scene. He kicks ass and we learn that he can destroy entire worlds.
But the secret about Yoda is that he leads through influence. He provides the exemplary leadership to allow his people to follow, and his younger leaders to take action.
As a leader, you’re not the protagonist of your own story. You must make your people feel like they are the Luke Skywalkers, destined for greatness, and supported by a cast.
“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.”– Yoda