Monday, July 18, 2011

A Shadow Who Create Opportunities

‘The Best Player’ is a fair tribute for a match winning performance. But ever wondered about the invisible forces who are the real game changers? The invisible leaders who silently create opportunities and lead without being noticed. ‘Facilitators’ could be a close noun for such silent movers but it’s hard to find a word that defines their truest spirit of leadership. 

Anyone who has ever actually watched Pele play knows that the greatest leaders are almost invisible giving all the great shots to the one's who are at hand when the opportunity comes up. The opportunities are created and not an accident, rather they are the outcome of a strategic idea that takes over the team and the game as a whole. 

To round it up: 

"A leader is best when the people barely know he exists. 

Next comes one whom they love and praise. 

Next comes one whom they fear. 

Next comes one whom they despise and defy. 

When a leader trusts no one, no one trusts him. 

The great leader speaks little. He never speaks carelessly. 

He works without self-interest and leaves no trace. 

When all is finished, the people say, 'We did it ourselves.' "

- Lao Tzu

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