Toyota compares rowing a boat to teamwork.
In each case strong individuals must help others to enable progress.
As simple as the theory sounds, giving all the credit away often requires an enormous leap of faith. Most of us have grown-up in an environment where we are measured on the strength of our own ideas and personal success. So it is perfectly understandable that some managers find it hard to give all the credit to others.
At the tender age of 27, I was given the responsibility to run an SME. Eight fantastic years later, I left that organisation to work for myself. In the first instance I went from 0 to 100 employees overnight. In the second instance, the opposite was true.
In both cases I learned that true leadership has very little to do with power.