The greatest leader is unknown to the people, a good leader is known and beloved, an adequate leader is treated with respect, a poor leader is treated with disdain.
Trust in oneself is not sufficient. Indeed, the leader is not worthy of such trust from others.
Self-effacing, the leader is careful with words. Fulfilling duties and accomplishing works for all people, who then will say that they did it all themselves.
(from Tao Te Ching, verse 17, translation by Robert Brookes)