It took me a long time to write this. I’ve been in companies where the main focus of the senior management team was their own bonuses. It was literally said in front of me (they forgot I was in the meeting) “Layoffs are coming but don’t worry, your bonuses are safe.” For me, leadership consists of two main themes: good stewardship of the company (it’s not a shell when you leave), and building trust and empathy with the people you’re entrusted to lead. The organization doesn’t exist to serve those that lead it.