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Lead by Following

Many equate good leadership with exerting control; whether it be control of people, information, technology, events, or themselves. With time though the truly wise individual realizes they have little control over anything in life. In fact, the most effective leader is one who listens to then follows a path meeting the needs, interests, wants, and desires of his or her people. Tao Te Ching says it best:

The river carves out the valley by flowing beneath it.
Thereby the river is the master of the valley.

In order to master people
One must speak as their servant;
In order to lead people
One must follow them.

So when the sage rises above the people,
They do not feel oppressed;
And when the sage stands before the people,
They do not feel hindered.

So the popularity of the sage does not fail,
He does not contend, and no one contends against him.

~Tao Te Ching

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~ Theresa