Feeling important is a driving force for leaders. Like most things, this force is used for good and bad. Leaders who have a need to feel important for the sole purpose of being a person of importance lead a shallow and roller-coaster life. Their sense of self-worth is so attached to their current position of power or influence that they end up being very self-centered. This is a dangerous way to lead because when your focus is solely or mostly on self, you can act in ways that only serve you – dishonesty, cheating, rudeness, etc.
The productive angle on importance is to have a need to feel important because you desire to do important, meaningful and valuable work. This method drives you, but unlike the first approach, the end goal is not to spotlight you, but to spotlight the end results of your work. Your self-worth is still attached to something, but it is something that is benefiting the big world, not just your little world.
The power of importance can not be overstated when dealing with other people. If you think of your “favorite people” list, a common trait they probably all have is they lift you up and make you feel good when you are around them. Leverage this dynamic to play a positive role in the emotional maturity and quality of life of the people around you.
Remember, when you make others feel more important than they actually are, you become more important to them. What a great way to be a person of importance in your home life, school or work life – to lift up others.