Harry observes that it is the humility in servant-leadership that touched the young professionals’ heart, as they are interpreting it as a tool for “killing the egotistical, self-centered person inside them” (Joiner, 2007). Accordingly Harry presents the commonest attitudinal elements that are influencing the modern society, and which have been openly admitted by the young professionals. Under the context, this list is invaluable for all young aspirants of leadership and successful career. The list goes like below: Thinking that what you do or say is better than what others do or say.
• Always wanting to get your own way.
• Arguing when you are not right (or when you are right, insisting stubbornly or with bad manners).
• Giving your opinion without being asked for it (when charity does not demand you to do so).
• Despising the point of view of others.
• Not being aware that all of the gifts that you have are on loan from God.
• Mentioning yourself as an example in conversation.
• Speaking badly about yourself so that others may form a good opinion of you or contradict you.
• Making excuses when rebuked. • Hiding your faults from others so that they may not lose a good opinion of you.
• Being hurt that others are held in greater esteem than you.
• Refusing to carry out menial tasks.
• Being ashamed of not having certain possessions (Joiner, 2007).
Conclusion The current global situation has made the going tougher for the young, as it demands more knowledge and skill from them. However, they can find the requisite guiding light from the basic elements of leadership, and in particular from the servant leadership style, and from Covey’s concept of forming positive habits, which together present a comprehensive success plan for the young generation to achieve success in their careers as well as in their lives by shaping their minds to effectively meet the world with enthusiasm.
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