We have a basic tenant that is needed for us to thrive and that is our need to be needed. In studies of senior citizens who didn’t feel useful they were nearly three times as likely to die prematurely than those who did feel useful. Americans who prioritize doing good for others are almost twice as likely to say they are very happy or satisfied with their lives and in Germany, people who serve society are five times likelier to say they are very happy than those who do not view service as important. It seems that selflessnesss and joy are intertwined.
However, when we are out there fulfilling this basic desire as leaders this can be where the trouble all begins. We’ve been helping and contributing only to find that our lists are too long and that now, we are completely overwhelmed.
What can we do?
Listen in this week and let us know what you think and how you experience the need to be needed.
The Leadership Weekly
Weekly wisdom from the DS Leadership Life team.