“Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”
The greatest leaders I have ever worked with did not capture or care about gathering power. These leaders were very much focused on giving it away through empowerment. These individuals were so incredibly effective at their jobs because they knew their real job was to create more leaders who could hopefully become even better than they themselves were.
By contrast, the worst leaders I have ever known or worked with only cared about how they would be perceived by others or about how they could gain more power.
The bottom line is that the most effective leaders measure their success not by looking in a mirror, but by looking through a window onto those whom they serve.