Ana Santos

FDDS Class of 2014

Know Better – Question #3

Describe how one might use specialized knowledge, imagination, and absence to increase respect and honor.

There is nothing more irritating than one person who makes everything about themselves. They have to be in charge, everything has to go through them, they want to be a part of everything and nothing can happen without them. As one member of the group sense of self-importance escalates, their value to the rest of the group plummets.

A good leader is the best team player. A leader ultimately has a specific skill, but also motivates and inspires others to do their best. I respect those who honor the value of others and use their creativity to benefit the team, not just themselves. A leader doesn’t have to know everything– they just have to know how to bring a team together. A proficient leader can gauge productivity and understands when to take a step back and let people do their thing. A poor leader strives to do everything and curbs the responsibilities and capabilities of others.

“Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.”

Law 16 of The 48 Laws of Power, “use absence to increase respect and honor,” rings true. Though a strong presence will draw power and attention to you, too much presence can have the opposite effect. On the other hand, too much absence will indirectly cause people to adapt without you and forget you. You have to attain a certain level of power and influence before you can withdraw effectively.

As the famous @LPT365 would say, “If you think you’re leading and no one is following you, then you’re just taking a walk.”

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