Being Selfish And Being A Leader

858 Words Oct 2nd, 2014 4 Pages
How many jobs have you worked for that the leader is always right and will stop at nothing to get what they want? This is not uncommon to hear and almost seems as if it is the norm in today’s society. A leader being someone that you can turn to for trust and admired for his or her ethic behaviors almost seems as if it is a myth. It seems that these traits are passed on by leaders and fellow coworkers, a ‘monkey see, monkey do’ affect. But “what if we are born with raging little egos (as anyone who has ever tried to comfort a squalling infant at three in the morning will readily attest), but also just as innately born to satisfy our self needs by being social and cooperative, even altruistic” (Conniff, 2005, p. 18)? This contradictory statement almost seems absurd to even imagine that it would work. In this paper, I will talk about how being selfish and being a leader can fit together and not always have negative outcomes and cynical backlash from employees.
Back when I was in my teens, I was bussing tables for a restaurant in Ohio. There was one server who always went out of her way to help the bussers out. She would help clear her own tables, in her down time she would lend a hand with other duties and tip us a little more at the end of the night. In return, during our lunch and dinner rushes, we would always cater to her tables a little more, that way she could wait on more tables and make more money. It was a system we had, we were both selfish with our methods, but it…
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