Successful leaders know that leadership is not about their own success or image or about getting loyal subordinates to follow them or others to submit to them.
Successful leaders humbly understand the key to a successful organization is having empowered leaders at all levels, whether those employees have supervisors or not.
Successful leaders inspire employees to step up, take on greater challenges and lead. They align employee activities with a winning vision that is shared by all, due to their continued sharing (talking and walking) of the vision.
In the end, while asserting oneself and driving employees hard may produce handy short-term results, if leaders don’t empower employees to lead, organizational results will not be sustainable. The best people will leave and things will eventually fall apart.