It is not the role of the people we lead to make us look good. It our role as leaders to make them look good. That is, it is our role as leader to provide every resource and opportunity our team needs to succeed in its tasks.
“No one in any position of rule, insofar as he is a ruler, seeks or orders what is advantageous to himself, but what is advantageous to his subjects… It is to his subjects and what is advantageous and proper to them that he looks, and everything he says and does he says and does for them.”
Plato (as cited in Ciulla, 2003)
We would do well in education to understand this.
Ciulla, J. B. (2003). The Ethics of Leadership. Belmont, CA: Thomson/Wadsworth.