what is leadership?

What is leadership to you?   How do you live when you are leading?   How do you lead you?

Ancient wisdom from Tao 17 offers us a good definition of leadership.   There are many others, tons of leadership definitions all trying to explain what leadership is.

Tao 17

The best leaders are those the people hardly know exist.
The next best is a leader who is loved and praised.
Next comes the one who is feared.
The worst one is the leader that is despised.

If you don’t trust the people,
they will become untrustworthy.

The best leaders value their words, and use them sparingly.
When she has accomplished her task,
the people say, “Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!”

From http://www.wright-house.com/religions/taoism/tao-te-ching.html#17

Imagine the possibilities if all leaders practiced the kind of leadership expressed in Tao 17.   Leaders have to learn to let go, to shift the control to the people and then let them reach the goal.

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