[17 June 2021] Day 17 of the fmco* in Malaysia
Some leaders want to build the organisation and community centred on them and their abilities. While others prefer to truly serve his people from behind. A few days ago, I wrote about the Lion Dance troupe. One of the major roles in the community is its invisible leader.
In most lion dance troupe, the sifu is the owner/founder/guru. Nobody knows more than him. He is respected by his students and by his peers. (cue Wong Fei Hong theme song) And yet, most times, he is not seen and does not seem to take up any role in the performance. People know his abilities through the work of his students. His presence is felt.
The sifu is the perfect example of what a servant leader is. He has earned his stripes. He has established the principles, values, and discipline expected of his students. He has equipped them and pass down the skills to them. He continues to provide what is necessary for their growth, while watching them from a safe distance. He will step in when they need help. He is sifu.
(Read the other parts of this org chart series.)
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