Maximising your leadership impact

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Yesterday’s post described why you need to create leaders, not followers.

The truth of this has been known for thousands of years.

Living around 500 BC, the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu put it this way:

“A leader is best when people barely know she exists. When her work is done, her aim fulfilled, they will say: ‘We did it ourselves’.”

At a deep psychological level this is about letting go the need to be praised. Having thousands of adoring followers may be good for the ego. But they hold a leader back. Followers need to be pampered. Followers need to be told what to do.

How much better to expand our influence by creating self-directed leaders. Then, while they are doing what we enabled them to motivate themselves to achieve, we can get on with the next project where our presence will make a difference.

A leader is best when she maximises the inspiration and results she creates in the world.

And paradoxically, the greatest impact is achieved when the people say, “We did it ourselves.”


The Churning provides tools for leadership in times of change:

  • inner leadership, inspiring others to do what needs to be done,
    and
  • outer leadership, giving them the tools they need to achieve it.

Inner leadership also provides tools and frameworks that show you how to:

  • identify what you most care about
  • identify an opportunity in your current situation to best achieve that
  • turn that opportunity into a vision that will inspire you and others to achieve it

And once you know how to do this, you can show others.

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