The idea of “servant” leaders has been on the rise in the agile community of late. Robert K. Greenleaf coined the term in a 1970 essay, but the idea is timeless. Virtually every religion describes the concept. This one from the Tao Te Ching is particularly poignant:
The highest type of ruler is one of whose existence the people are barely aware.
Next comes one whom they love and praise. Next comes one whom they fear. Next comes one whom they despise and defy.
When you are lacking in faith, Others will be unfaithful to you.
The Sage is self-effacing and scanty of words. When his task is accomplished and things have been completed, All the people say, “We ourselves have achieved it!“
— Lao Tzu
The idea applies to any kind of leader, but I think it’s especially applicable to leaders of software projects, where the unique dynamics of unpredictability and complexity collide.
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