“A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
Laozi, Chinese Philosopher.
People who are too pre-occupied with themselves make lousy leaders: They have a hard time motivating and inspiring others because they are unwilling to acknowledge others’ efforts and accomplishments. History shows that, when such people do manage to raise to leadership roles, they tend to be authoritarian, cause a great deal of damage, and are hostile to criticism.
For this reason, I believe that claiming to be a strong leader (and implicitly claiming credit for the successes of your whole team) is the best way to demonstrate that you aren’t one. So it seems counter-intuitive to me that boasting about one’s own strong leadership skills may help one’s career.