#318-1. True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own.
-Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (1883-1957)
#318-2. Difficult people are the greatest teachers.
-Pema Chodron, formerly known as Deirdre Blomfield-Brown, Tibetan Buddhist Bhikkuni and prolific author (1936-)
#318-3. When one teaches, two learn.
-Robert Half, recruiter (?)
Could be applied to true leaders, who should sincerely aspire to coach and groom their subordinates to levels beyond their own.
A difficult boss—a common complaint—can be seen as a teacher sent in your life in disguise! Difficult people in your team offer you opportunities to become a better leader.
It is surprising to find so many who are not conscious of the fact that teaching, training, coaching and grooming are an essential part of their roles as leaders.