“orbis terrarum in vestri manuum. fiat lux.”
If you think about it, people love others not for who they are, but for how they make us feel. We willingly follow others for much the same reason. It make’s us feel good to do so. Now, we also follow platoon sergeants, self-centered geniuses, demanding spouses, bosses of various persuasions and others, for a variety of reasons as well. But none of those reasons involves that person’s leadership qualities. In order to willingly accept the direction of another individual, it must feel good to do so. This business of making another person feel good in the unspectacular course of his daily comings and goings is, in my view, the very essence of leadership.