So while on the way home yesterday, I am listening to John Maxwell talk about the great mountain climber Jim Whittaker. Jim has scaled every mountain of significance in the world including Mount Everest more than any other climber. John is interested in mountain climbing and was ready to talk to him and throw some questions his way. One was what did he consider his biggest accomplishment. John thought it might be getting to the top of Mt. Everest more than any one but he got a surprising answer.
“I have helped more people get to the top of Mount Everest than any other person,” he replied. “Taking people to the top who could never get there without my assistance is my greatest accomplishment.”
Thus is the essence of leadership. It is not us getting to the top -- but helping others to travel with us!