Leadership in Recession Times
Chinese Philosopher Lao Tzu once said, “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, not so good when people obey and acclaim him, worse when they despise him, but of a good leader who talks little when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say, ‘We did it ourselves.’” He signified a leader as the driving force behind everything else; however, the leader should remain humble.
In difficult times, a leader may be needed, especially with economic crises and even social unrest. The obligations of a leader may pose pressure to the leader himself and this can cause even more troubles if the leader can’t act accordingly. Leaders tend to receive the limelight when their efforts are praised and hide whenever they are criticized. The true essence of a leader lies on his achievements and how his community prospers.
Realistically, a leader is only a figure, and leadership is the ever binding process between the followers and the leader. To support Lao Tzu’s proverb, a community may criticize a leader of his efforts, but the leader must have his main focus on the people he leads. The people’s natural response to say “they did it themselves” and the leader not complaining is an example of true leadership.
Difficult times do introduce difficult measures, but the perseverance of a leader can make it through the hardships of economic, social, and political problems that may surround a certain community. How a leader deals with this problem manifests aspects of his character and his own intent toward his community.
As a captive of his own community, a leader may suffer the attacks because of his supposed failure to meet the demands of the people. If true leadership is at hand, though, the whole problem will unfold, even if the leader doesn’t speak at all. Actions pave the way for an effective leader, and with these actions, a smooth leadership comes about.
Leadership, essentially, is a process faced by the harsh reality of society and the temperance and perseverance of a leader. He ultimately shows that sacrifice has its merits. A true leader knows he has done his job well. After all, “Leadership is action, not position,” according to Donald H. McGannon.