About a week ago, I criticized someone in front of others in a way that caused some hurt and a confrontation. After I started pondering the situation, I’ve come to see that because I once held a position of senior leader in an organization, doesn’t mean anything if I can’t humble myself in my current position. Attempting to grasp for that position or the respect that went with it has only caused me to not function very well in the subordinate role I am currently in. Instead of quietly and humbly being the best I can be to support and encourage those above me, I regularly have felt I know better, I would do things differently if I were in charge, etc. I never imagine I will be a doormat without an opinion, I’m not wired that way and I read too much but my attitude can change toward my role. I will never be effective in my role if I am constantly aspiring or feeling I deserve a role higher on the food chain. If I feel like I need to be recognized as a respected leader rather than a contributing member of the team, my contributions will be tarnished by my egotistical attitude. I’ve not seen this glaring flaw till the last couple days but I am eager to go to work to improve. I pulled an old book off the shelf I never read very carefully, “360* Leader,” by John Maxwell. I am hoping to learn how to become a good follower with influence.