One of the oldest known scriptures describing the essence of leadership is the Tao Te Ching. The text is from around 600 BC. A quote:
‘The best leaders are those who are hardly noticed by their employees.
Then come the leaders who are loved and praised.
Then come those who are feared.
The worst leaders are those who are despised.
If you don’t trust your employees, they will become unreliable. The best leaders do what they say and don’t speak too much.
When they have completed their task, their people say: “Wonderful! We made it, and all on our own!”