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What a leader should…

September 19, 2006 Leave a comment Go to comments

There are lots of books on how to be a leader, what a leader should do, and many autobiographies on the lives of leaders. Most of them cover on how to motivate, how to gain respect, how to mentor, how to, essentially, lead.

But I have never come across one that says when to stop leading. Most books will tell you how to continue, how to strive on! In the midst of obstacles, no matter how tough it can get, strive on!

Is it possible to strive on forever without ever breaking? What if you are no longer able to? I believe leaders should also be able to see when they are no longer effective as a leader, and not possible to lead anymore. A leader should be able to raise above all, and recognise that it is time for someone better to take over, than to continue to lead the team to their demise. A leader should be able to acknowledge that and humbly step down so that the team can rise higher and further. But then, that won’t make him a leader anymore.

It could be that a leader can never break and fall. Someone that leads on and on, over the obstacles, the mountains, across the sky and the deep blue sea. The kind that will never understand limits, and never see limits within him. Do such people exist? For those leaders who never admitted to their limitations, is it true that they do not have limits within them? But if they did admit it, that would make them lesser beings.

For me as a lesser being, I can only say that I tried to be a leader.

Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?
There is more hope for a fool than for him.  Proverbs 26:12

Categories: Filosophical
  1. Tho
    September 19, 2006 at 11:12 pm

    i am happy to be able to say this
    “I have worked under you before”

    in work… one need to be convince of his/her superior ability… and the entire working stint will be enjoyable… joining here has allowed me to enjoy working life again…

    Good Luck in whatever you may choose to take up in the future…

  2. September 24, 2006 at 6:58 pm

    I’m glad that you have found some meaning where you are now. 🙂 I have enjoyed working with you all, and that’s what I’ll miss. You all are a wonderful bunch of people, and you all have made our department unique in each of your own individual ways.

    Thanks for your well-wishes, and I hope you’ll continue to experience the joys in life! 🙂

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