The Leadership Tree
Leadership is not in the tree. It is all about creating the environment and conditions for the tree to live and grow.
For that reason, in the Atomic Leadership example leadership is not in the atom but is there to move and shape the atom (dare we say even link up with other atoms as part of a molecule – etc).
I saw my garden as a symbol of my life. Like a gardener, a leader must take responsibility for what he grows. He plants the seeds and watches them grow and then harvests the results.
I decided to tell no one what I was about to do. There are times when a leader must move ahead of the flock, go off in a new direction, feeling sure that he is leading his people down the right road.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom.
Leaders have a different responsibility. They can either be “at the top” or “in front”.