“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say ‘we did it ourselves.'”
This type of leadership is rarely seen today. Politicians, leaders of business, and heads of education are the first we see on the TV screen touting the newest initiative or latest accomplishment. They are the first to speak up and lay blame on those under them when things don’t go as planned. Real leadership is having a vision and communicating that vision clearly. Putting people in the best positions to achieve their part of the mission and getting out of the way is the highest calling of a great leader. When the job is done everyone feels like they played a vital role on the team because chances are, they did. When things don’t go well, the leader steps to the front, fixes what they need to, and returns to the background providing support and guidance to those that need it and independence to those that deserve it.