The wise leader is like water.

Consider water: water cleanses and refreshes all creatures without distinction and without judgment; water freely and fearlessly goes deep beneath the surface of things; water is fluid and responsive; water follows the law freely.

“All streams flow to the sea because it is lower than they are. Humility gives it its power. If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn how to follow them.” – Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Consider the leader: the leader works in any setting without complaint, with any person or issue that comes on the floor; the leader acts so that all will benefit and serves well regardless of the rate of pay; the leader speaks simply and honestly and intervenes in order to shed light and create harmony.

From watching the movements of water, the leader has learned that in action, timing is everything.

Like water, the leader is yielding. Because the leader does not push, the group does not resent or resist.

Source: The Tao of Leadership – Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching Adapted for a New Age by John Heider

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Timothy J. Carroll works with world-class leaders, elite athletes and teams to dramatically develop their people and performance. He has been doing so for the last 20 years. In 2008, he attended the Olympics in China as a performance coach. Several years ago, he started consulting with Schneider Electric’s Leadership. Some other clients include Phillips Lighting, Rockwell Automation, KAEFER Group (some nice Dutch companies). His expertise is helping leaders & their people to explode their performance, rapidly growing their businesses.

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