If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.
When I first graduated I had a very simple view of leadership. I thought the leader was the person who performed at the highest level. A mentor of mine took me aside and helped me compare the difference between the star player on a team and the coach. He asked me who I thought the leader was.
Rabbi Lapin’s fifth commandment to making money is to lead consistently and constantly. Lapin believes to lead others well is to always be following. Counterintuitive at first, he goes on to instruct leaders to align themselves under a greater purpose and follow it as others follow you. This can be a boss, a board of directors, a set of principles, an ideal, but not your own self interest. Never miss an opportunity to show that you are following something greater than yourself and you will become more and more worthy of following.
-A takeaway from Thou Shall Prosper by Rabbi Daniel Lapin
As always good books, takeaways, stories, and/or lessons learned on the subject would be the coolest.