The Rule of Two

There are always two: a master, and an apprentice.

It works for the Sith, but it can work for everyone.

The cycle is as follows: The master nourishes and benefits from the apprentice ’s talent. The apprentice, in turn, has the mission to overcome – and to kill, to depose – the master.

True, maybe the “kill” part is a bit extreme. Let’s leave that component aside.

As for the rest, having someone who excels us is good. It is good that the people who work with us, who are managed by us, are guided in the direction of becoming better than we, able to replace us. It is an added value for our companies, institutions and organizations. It’s a way to multiply your human capital.

The best leader is the leader who surrounds themselves with smarter, more capable people. If you can nurture your people to get to that point, that’s even better.

After all, when you can trust others to do your job, you can afford to take sick days, to take time to deal with personal issues, to go on a holiday.

Will not the apprentice end up deposing the master?

In my experience, there is always a better position waiting for a master capable of producing apprentices who excel.