“The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say, ‘We did it ourselves.'”
Yes, the best ones; the most effective ones; while, sure, you know they are there, and they will step in when needed – they become more a part of the scenery; not “The Thing” itself.
And, I believe it’s because they realize that – when it comes right down to it – IT isn’t about them; it’s about those they lead.
Please understand; invisible, in this case, doesn’t mean “unseen.” It doesn’t mean they are aloof, unavailable or unapproachable. In fact, they tend to be the best counselors, mentors, coaches and sources of encouragement.
It simply means (at least, how I understand it), that they focus on creating an environment where others can succeed, grow and feel good about themselves. And, they do all this without any need to take the credit.
Yes, the people know not that the leader even exists. Yet, they love, respect and admire that leader. In fact, they credit these “invisible leaders” with being the greatest leaders. Funny how that works!
Who are your favorite leaders that embody the quote Robin cited?
* Note from me (who else would it be from?): 😉 I’m heading out on an early flight to Palm Springs, California for a couple of corporate speaking engagements over the next three days. If you comment, I might be a bit delayed in my response. Please forgive me, and know that I will reply.