A traveler saw two men cutting stone from a mountain and placing the blocks on carts. He asked them, “What are you doing?” [...]
The unaccounted for variable in all these stories, from the "look what my caring leadership and mentoring has produced" series, are the other ten people that worked for you back in 95. What happened to them? What happened to your top three performers that you ignored while you were paying attention to your fixer-upper? Because something definitely happened to them - while you may have thought you were doing a good and noble thing, I personally believe you screwed up royal.
Students of leadership in any organization have, at one time or another, considered defined leadership competencies as a road map of sorts for personal growth. They represent the qualities, talents, and abilities that make up the perfect leader.