Some insecure leaders are easy to spot. Their desire for power, position, and recognition comes out in an obvious display of fear, suspicion, distrust, or jealousy. But sometimes it can be more subtle. Exceptional leaders do two things: they develop other leaders, and they work themselves out of a job. Insecure leaders never do that. Instead, they try to make themselves indispensable. They don’t want to train their people to reach their potential and be more successful than they are. In fact, they don’t want them to be able to succeed without their help. And anytime someone who works for them rises up to too high a level, they see it as a threat.
People want to work for leaders who fire them up, not who put out their fire. They want leaders who will lift them up and help them fly, not who keep them down. They want mentors who will help them reach their potential and succeed. If they perceive that their leader is more concerned with maintaining their authority and protecting their position, they will eventually find someone else to work for.
Maxwell, J. C. (2008). Leadership gold: lessons i’ve learned from a lifetime of leading. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.