Some leaders are confident in their own genius, and they believe they are indispensable. The reality is that no one is indispensable. It is explained very well in a poem written by Saxon White Kessinger called “The Indispensable Man.”
Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom
Sometime when you take it for granted
You’re the best qualified in the room,
Sometime when you feel that your going
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul;
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time
It looks quite the same as before.
The moral of this quaint example
Is do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.
If you dismiss the ideas and potential contributions of others, you will never reach your potential, and neither will your team. And, sadly, you will never even know it !!
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