GTY stands for Greater Than Yourself. Steve Farber is blazing a path with his thought leadership and writing on the concept and belief that it is vital to help others be greater than ourselves. In fact the greatest leaders, and this is supported by much leadership research, make others greater than themselves. My belief is that we are all leaders and that we are rich with the most valuable inventory in the world …ourselves. When I talk about the value of Abundance in the Character Triangle, the greatest act of abundance is to give of ourselves.
Steve encourages us to think of ourselves as valuable inventory to give away. This includes but is not limited to: what we do well, the meaningful experiences we have had, our life lessons, the people we know, and our admirable qualities and personal values. The richness of who we are is there to fully, frequently, and unconditionally give to others. My belief is that it is our obligation to continually grow and expand, and give ourselves to others. This is an act of abundance, and by extension, love.
- Please think about starting your own GTY project. Who do you think might grow and gain by what you have to offer? Who do you trust and believe in? Who has values similar to your own? These are great candidates who can benefit from all you have to give.
- Go to Steve Farber’s website and explore tools and techniques that can assist you with your GTY project.
- Choose wisely and give with only one condition – that the person or people you choose for your GTY do the same and pay it forward.
Terry Pearce, a well know leadership coach has a quote that is worth reflecting on prior to taking this on.
“There are many people who think they want to be matadors, only to find themselves in the ring with two thousand pounds of bull bearing down on them, and then discover that what they really wanted was to wear tight pants and hear the crowd roar.”
So, before you begin your GTY project be prepared to commit and follow through. I can assure you that reciprocity is not needed, it is one of the most rewarding things you’ve done.
Being greater than yourself in the Triangle,