What Kind of Leader are you?

When the Master governs, the people are hardly aware he exists.

Verse #17 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

In this verse of the Tao we are given a new way to look at leadership, a way of non-interference. A leader refers to anyone who is in an authoritative position. Here the Tao Te Ching is saying that the best leader, one who embodies the Way, is one who people are not even aware of as a leader. This person takes no credit for the success of the team and even the team members believe they were able to accomplish it all without the leader actions.

We are raised to believe that a leader is strong and authoritative. It is a person who gives all the right orders at all the right times. A leader is a person who knows what to do in every situation. Just think of how much more quickly and efficiently things would get done if everyone knew exactly what to do in every situation and just did it instead of waiting for orders. Imagine how it would be if the team of people you lead could realize their own potential and do what needs to be done without the leader telling them to. What would that look like for your productivity? If you as a leader created the space for people to learn and grow and expand, you created a space for them to realize the correct actions on their own. Think how more confident and efficient your team would be. You can give direction, make suggestions and in the end work with them to adopt their own ideas at how to make things work better, how to resolve the problem.

Think about where in your life you are in a leading position and ask yourself what kind of leader are you there. Are you always telling people what to do and when? What happens when you are not around? Are the people on the team able to think for themselves? Are they willing to make decisions if you are not there? Are they encouraged to present new ideas and new methods? The attitudes and methods of those you lead are a reflection of who you are as a leader. What kind of leader do you want to be?


In Love and Light



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