Much has been said and written about the qualities inherent in a good leader. In fact, over the weekend I read an article in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle’s Business section, which highlighted insights from a recent workshop on leadership. The article mentions qualities such as having discipline, balancing of goals, and seeking merit in new ideas to having candor, doing the unexpected, and setting aside personal agendas. While many leaders have most or all of the stated qualities, a friend of mine said it best. Simply put, “the best leader does not talk, he acts. When his work is done, his people say, ‘Amazing, we did it, all by ourselves!”
Thousands of years ago, Tao Te Ching wrote a similar thought in Poem #17:
The best rulers are scarcely known by their subjects;
The next best are loved and praised;
The next are feared;
The next despised:
They have no faith in their people,
And their people become unfaithful to them.
When the best rulers achieve their purpose
Their subjects claim the achievement as their own.
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