When I play Dungeons and Dragons, which is a fantastic game, I typically hold the role of support in the team. I'm the healer, the character responsible for buffing the stats of my friends, or making our enemies weaker. I'm behind the scenes making sure we have every possible advantage to win. It's a goal I have in life: to be the man behind the throne, so to speak.
Being the wind in someone's sails is a position that surprisingly holds a lot of power at the expense of the spotlight. In politics, the candidate is a large chunk of the winning formula, but so are the strategists and campaign managers and advisers. They're behind the scenes, pulling the strings and informing the candidate on what to say, how to say it, where to go etc. They're the brain behind the operation. A lot of the conspiracies about how the world is run tend to point to these types of people. The Bilderbegs, Bohemian Grove and the Bohemian Club, the Rockefellers, and the list goes on. These are the people who are supposedly pulling the strings around the world. And, yeah, a lot of these positions sound evil. Call them puppetmasters if you like.
At the cost of the fame that comes with being in view, you gain a lot of power by operating behind the scenes. A political candidate can't win anything by themselves. A D&D group can't easily finish the quest if nobody is around to tilt the playing field in their favour. In subtle ways, those people have direct control over the outcome of situations. If done correctly, these people can be incredible leaders. That's what I'm getting at here.
Many people consider a good leader to be one who leads the team be example. Typically an extrovert who makes rounds with the team and is strong with their vision, visible and directs the team in the right direction. It's not a bad leadership style, however it isn't always effective. In my experience, I don't work well with strict guidelines on how to meet a boss's goals. I prefer to work with creativity and find my own niche to fill, and my own weaknesses to develop. The extroverted leader is typically what people think of. This person may even be your boss. But there's another way.
There exists a leadership style that is subtle. It is not one that advertises itself as "me and my team" or describes a team member as "they work for me." It's quieter. It's behind the scenes. It's the leadership style that, instead of handing out roles to the team, allows them to find their own place. It fosters teamwork above winning. A leader that allows their teammates to operate to the best of their own ability, while making it easier for them to succeed by removing obstacles is the leadership type I most admire. This person isn't in the spotlight taking credit for the team's success, as most other leaders are. It's letting the team take the success while smiling in the background. It's an attitude I wish more would adopt.
Supporting is one of the most vital things a leader can do because it makes everyone better. The aim is to be so good at what you do that it looks like you're doing nothing at all. Allow your team to thrive in such a way that it looks like you had to do no work. Set up the blocks so your team can knock them down in one fell swoop instead of guiding your team's arms, if that makes sense.
Being a good leader is difficult, and your style may not work with everyone, and that's fine because everyone is different. But to be a good leader is to allow your team to be successful through your efforts, not to be successful through the efforts of your team. You're the leader. Point the team in the right direction, and then keep them in their prime. Control the environment as best as you can for each member and you will be successful. People like to feel that someone believes in them, so give them that feeling. Step out of the spotlight and let someone else shine.