It’s always beneficial to have our own personal, trusted coach to advice us on our performance anyday. How nice it would be if that trusted leader helped us understand how good a leader we are?
Here’s the Tao Te Ching doing just that – the following two paragraphs are reproduced from Guy Leekley’s lovely translation with just one change – have replaced “Teachers” with “Masters” in the first line:
Our greatest Masters
Are not publicly known;
The next best often
Some with much influence
Become feared and scorned.
If they do not trust,
They are not trusted.
So how does the Master work? Here’s the last paragraph from Steven Mitchell’s very popular and endearing translation:
The Master dosen’t talk, he acts.
When his work is done,
The people say, “Amazing:
we did it, all by ourselves!”
So which leader are you – are you a Master, the good and famous – or the one who is feared (but influential)? And would you like to stay that way?!!