Leading From Behind

The best place from which to lead is behind the people you’re leading. 

If you’re behind your people, they’re a part of the vision you’re leading them to.  

If you’re behind your people, they’re advancing intrinsically.  

If you’re behind your people, it feels more like love than leadership. 

The alternative is to be out in front, with only your plan and it’s details in front of you. All you have to do is find the right levers to pull to get people moving in the direction you need them to go. Keep pulling and one of them might work (a little).

If you’re out in front leading and one (or more) of your people catches up (or passes you), you’re no longer the leader. 

You don’t have to know it all, be able to do it all, or even be ahead of where your people are going.

See the bigger picture, and help your people become a part of it. Then you’ll be in a good position; you’ll be behind your people, leading them.