“The task of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there. ” John Buchan
This is one of my favourite quotes on leadership and i was reminded of it today in a conversation with a dear friend.
She was telling me about her children and about how she had supported them in their development, listening to their dreams and ambitions, and then encouraging them to go go for them.
I told her that this is the essence of leadership, helping people be all that they can be, and as parents we are ideally placed to do just that with our own children.
Although, quite often as parents, we try to force their our dreams and ambitions onto our children and try to relive our lives through their children, this is akin to trying putting greatness into them.
We try to get them to achieve things we wanted to achieve, rather than asking them what they want to achieve and supporting that, i.e. eliciting the greatness thats within them.
As parents we always want to do the best for our children and the best that we can do is to follow the words of John Buchan.