Leaders Honor Their People

We have all read the quote from ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu about a leader, but have we ever read the entire quote? Here it is.

~ A leader is best when people barely know that he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worst when they despise him. Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you. But of a good leader, who talks little, when his work is done, his aims fulfilled, they will all say, "We did this ourselves."

Did you notice the sentence that almost never is quoted?

~ Fail to honor people, They fail to honor you.

Whoa! Let that sink in, folks.

So, what can a leader do to honor people?

- Listen to them

- Let them fly

- Lift them up

This may be the killer app of leadership that we have been waiting for.

Posted by Terrence Seamon on Tuesday September 20, 2011


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