Leading from the front means being visible and engaging at the front, taking charge, a
Leading from the back originated from former President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography when he likened leaders who shepherd their flocks from behind.
Leading from the back is akin to servant leadership. The leader’s role is to empower her team and enable to take the lead in their various roles and responsibilities. The leader steps back and occasionally guides and advices.
Sometimes it is hard to know when to be lead from the front or back.
So here is a short guide:
When there is a crisis, lead from the front. Take charge and be at the front of directing how things should proceed. Be visible, clear and decisive.
Where your are training, lead from the side. Support, encourage, coach and empower.
When you are winning, lead from the back. Let the team take the glory.
Stepping in front during a crisis can be scary and challenging to a lot of people. Many people love to be at the front during times of victory, but nowhere to be seen during difficult times.
In his book Leaders Eat Last, Simon Sinek says:
“Leaders are the ones who run headfirst into the unknown. They rush toward the danger. They put their own interests aside to protect us or to pull us into the future. Leaders would sooner sacrifice what is theirs to save what is ours. And they would never sacrifice what is ours to save what is theirs. This is what it means to be a leader. It means they choose to go first into danger, headfirst toward the unknown. And when we feel sure they will keep us safe, we will march behind them and work tirelessly to see their visions come to life and proudly call ourselves their followers.”
When it matters, leaders choose to eat last.
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