Good leadership means finding the balance between knowledge and skills. Being a good leader is a craft.
It is a foregone conclusion to think that “the smartest pupil in the class” will automatically be a good leader.
And leadership starts with personal leadership! Taking account of yourself as a person, with your unicity, your qualities, your skills, your relation to your surroundings, but certainly also by keeping in mind your ideals and wishes: that’s where it all starts. And that’s where there’s often great potential to be found.
Developing yourself takes energy and commitment, and it’s confronting. It takes, among other things, decisiveness, perseverance, true focus, and mostly: time.
Nowadays, concerning leadership, the focus lies on truly connecting with the other person(s).
It’s not specifically the knowledge, but the skills and competences that are essential. It’s not about ego, but about what’s good for the team, the collective.
One of the oldest known texts about the essence of leadership is the Tao Te Ching. The text stems from around 600 BC. A quote:
“The best leaders are those their people hardly know exist. The next best is a leader who is loved and praised. Next comes the one who is feared. The worst one is the leader that is despised. If you don’t trust your people, they become untrustworthy. The best leaders value their words, and use them sparingly. When they have accomplished their task, the people say, “Amazing! We did it, all by ourselves!”
A ‘connecting leader’ constantly works on his or her own development and stimulates others to do this as well. A ‘connecting leader’ first develops his ‘antenna,’ which he uses to find out what is really important at that moment for the further development of person or team.
Apart from this, this leader works on his behaviour to be able to proactively implement that which contributes to the future of all those concerned.