My father is an amazing leader who I always have looked up to.
He has a strong faith and introduced me to the writings of Peter Drucker, who is hailed as “the man who invented management”. My father and Drucker were the first steps to my learning the one thing I now know for 100% certain about leadership.
The role of the leader is to serve.
I later read a few more books that really honed this in: The Servant (where I learned the upsidedown org chart), everything by Patrick Lencioni, RSVP Selling (blog post), and the Gospels of the Bible.
The people who consistently teach me the most about this are my teammates at SalesLoft and my friends at the Village.
As long as I strive to become a servant leader, it makes everything easier.