Here’s a compelling article from the Brink. It’s called The Secret to Good Leadership: It’s Not About You.
In it, Frances Frei of Harvard Business School shares some perceptive observations. Here’s one that’s particularly thought-provoking:
The two things a leader has to do simultaneously are to set high standards for you as an employee — because it’s very difficult for you to thrive in the absence of high standards — and to show that they are deeply devoted to your success. But when I’m deeply devoted to your success, I insidiously might be inclined to lower the standards. Or when I’m setting high standards, I might insidiously be inclined to not reveal my devotion to your success. A lot of people spend a lot of time going back and forth between one or the other.
Have a look at the complete article at Brink for a more in-depth understanding of what Frances Frei is saying.