“I believed … that a leader could operate as successfully as a kind of advisor to the organization. I thought I could avoid being a “boss.” Unconsciously, I suspect, I hoped to duck the unpleasant necessity of making difficult decisions, taking responsibility for one course of action among many uncertain alternatives, of making mistakes and taking the consequences. I thought that maybe I could operate so that everyone would like me…I couldn’t have been more wrong. It took a couple years, but I finally began to realized that a leaders cannot avoid the exercise of authority any more than he can avoid responsibility for what happens to his organization.” [Emphasis mine]
From “On Leadership” by Douglas McGregor, quoted in Productive Workplaces Revisited by Marvin R. Weisbord.