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Greater Than Yourself


Farber, Steve, foreword by Patrick Lencioni and Matthew Kelly. Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson of True Leadership. New York: Doubleday, 2009

…real leadership is not about calling yourself “leader;” rather, it’s about taking up the cause to change some piece of the world for the better. Real leadership, in other words, is an extreme act rooted in love and motivated by a desire to create a better world–whether it’s the world of your company, team, neighborhood, or family. Simply put, real leadership is Extreme Leadership.

“There are three tenets of Greater Than Yourself,” said Charles, writing upside down on the pad so it was right side up to me. “Expand Yourself, Give Yourself, and Replicate Yourself.”

Your job is to do whatever you can, to act in such a way that you extend and offer yourself to another, with the expressed purpose of elevating that person above yourself.

“Expand Yourself, Give Yourself, and, finally, Replicate Yourself by teaching others to do exactly what you’ve done for them.”

…that, in fact, is the first element of Expand Yourself: Shift your perspective from isolated to connected; from alone to interdependent; from me to us.

GTY is really just a form of very personal, one-on-one philanthropy.

…a culture in which everyone reaches out not just to help, but to help each other excel. …