Why You Should Esteem Others Higher Than Yourself

Who comes first: you or your team members?

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At a past Leadercast Live, Emmy-winning CBS sportscaster James Brown shared why it’s so important for leaders to put others above themselves.

“As a show host, I operate off of the truth that in lowliness of mind, esteem others more highly than yourself,” says James. “And when people see that you're caring about their success more than yours, everybody wants to pitch in and to get it done.”

Watch the video to learn more from James about servant leadership and why depth comes before height when it comes to building your foundation of leadership.

And the last point that I want to make is that if you are employing the right philosophy, you've got the right characteristics and assets to be the kind of teammates, team members, to create that solid foundation, you will win. I thank God to have worked in some winning organizations, as I am with CBS, with some superb colleagues, winners all. Everybody brings their best to the table. So we're all inspired to make certain that we do and deliver an excellent broadcast. Nobody cares who gets the credit. That's when the team can win.

My attitude is, as a show host, I operate off of the truth that in lowliness of mind, esteem others more highly than yourself. And when people see that you're caring about their success more than yours, everybody wants to pitch in and to get it done.

American president Theodore Roosevelt said "To educate in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society." And have we not seen that every day when we open up the newspapers or go online?

I close with this. Football and the game of life are very similar. There's no question about it. In the game of life, it's just like the game of football. At the professional football level, there are four quarters in professional football. In the game of life, there are four quarters in the game of life.

And irrespective of the fact that I know people are living longer, just for math purposes, work with the guy who wasn't a math genius. Let's just say that the average life span is 72. It's actually about 78 and even ticking up into the 80s now. But say the average life span is 72 years of age. That means by the time you turn 18, young people, you're at the end of the first quarter. Eighteen years of age. So that's why it's important to internalize the proper characteristics, the proper priorities, so that you can play the rest of the game successfully.

Because by the time you turn 36, you're at the end of… I've got shoes older than 36 years of age. But that's halftime. So but by the time you turn 54, you're at the end of the third quarter in the game of life. And by the time you turn 72, game's over. End of regulation. And if you're blessed to live past 72, in football terms, that means you're in what? Overtime. Now I don't care that they tweak the rules in the game of professional football.

Overtime ends how? Sudden death, that's exactly right. Sudden death. So that is why it is important to not waste time with silly things. Doing things the right way will always serve you well. And if you do that, and again, internalize the proper characteristics, because we, the people, are the foundation upon which businesses and teams are built. Understand that you are then creating a rock-solid foundation, and it is depth before height. Thank you so very much and have a great day.
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James Brown

James Brown is a three-time Emmy award winning network broadcaster and was named SI.com’s “Best Studio Host of the Decade” in 2010. He is the host of “The NFL Today” on CBS and Super Bowl 50, host of “Thursday Night Football” on CBS and ...

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