A leader is one who looks beyond what other people can. If a team is deep in a jungle, hacking around bushes and shrubs to find their way to a river, the leader is the person who climbs a tall tree and points them in right direction.
A leader also looks further in another way. We are all born with wonderful gifts that we do not recognize because of what we have been told, and in turn, what we tell ourselves. A leader can look beyond what her team sees as their innate capability. She then entrusts them with enough responsibility to push their existing capabilities and encourages them to meet the challenge.
Leaders, through their generosity, help us tell better stories about how much we can achieve.