Leaders don’t inflict pain, they bear it.
I strive to live by that axiom. The concept is not unique with me. I think it was true of Jesus.
It is the opposite of how more than a few successful leaders operate. Intimidation, threats, bluster, and self-serving demands seem more common.
This doesn’t mean allowing people to shirk responsibility or shift blame. This means, when sacrifice is called for and a price must be paid, the leader is first in line. The leader doesn’t crack the whip to get the line moving. The leader leads.
Pain-bearers are followed more than feared.