The autocratic leader treats others as their servants and assumes the right to exercise power and privilege over them. This self-focus creates the toxic atmosphere that causes workers to walk on eggshells and know that they are not respected or appreciated by their leader. The worker becomes a means to an end and is a tool to be used vs. a partner to work with.
Putting people first is a character issue. It is a mindset; an internal belief that others matter and that I must put their well-being before my own as a leader. It takes all three "C’s" to make an effective leader; Competence, Character, Commitment.