I have had this bonsai for multiple decades. However, it is not mine.
I am its temporary caregiver. Bonsai are on loan. It is a hobby that spans generations. This bonsai has been in my care for 20- 30 years, and I will pass this tree on when I need to, both older and stronger.
Leadership is the same. A leadership role is only ever on loan. If we think we own a leadership position, then we run the risk of failing both ourselves and the organization.
(cf – “The Voice of the Bonsai- Conversations on Leadership” 2014 by Mark Hunter [Amazon])