A leader is best
When people barely know that he exists,
Not so good when people obey and acclaim him,
Worst when they despise him.
“Fail to honor people,
They fail to honor you;”
But of a good leader, who talks little,
When his work is done, his aim fulfilled
They will all say, “We did this ourselves.”
-Laozi, Chinese Philosopher, 600BC
Leadership is not soundbites made for TV news and does not occur on a bully pulpit. Leadership is in our interactions, our steadiness and our ability to have a higher psychological limit than the problems and issues at hand. Yet in our rabid societal need for accountability for things that went wrong we have created a vast need to give credit for things that went well. Being a true behind-the-scenes leader can make one feel both fulfilled and invisible. Leadership is a game of balance. The highs with the lows, the success and failures, the wins and the losses. In the end, success of the team is about honoring each other because it’s the right thing to do.