I have been a strong believer in leading through collaboration and realizing that I am not always the smartest person nor do I have all the answers. It is having an open mind, working with others and continuing the quest for knowledge that I become a stronger leader. One of my favorite quotes is:
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle. – Sun Tzu
I’m not saying everyone is an enemy but really to understand the perspectives of others and come out with the best solution for all. Through my research, I stumbled upon this great write up from Bill Gates on the book “The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age by Archie Brown”. Gates talks about the book and points out the transformational leaders, such as Abraham Lincoln. Charles de Gaulle, Mikhail Gorbachev, Deng Xiaoping, and Nelson Mandela. These leaders didn’t rule by power or their own decision-make but by collaboration. Then, Gates to explain how the challenges his foundation faces cannot be solved by a single leader.
This is what really inspired me to write this article because it really resonates what I believe in and what I follow. Trust me, there are days where it is very difficult. Those days may be when no one around me seems to be listening or following instructions. During those times, that is when my mind wants to just take power and start making my own decisions. It takes greater strength to listen, be patient, and continue working together with the team.