The most frustrating part is seeing the difference between active and passive leaders.
Those that lead and take charge, and those that think they’ve earned the right to watch others work.
There has to be a balance between the orchestration of work being done and project deadlines being met, with a fine mixture of self propelled force backed by your own action. If your team doesn’t see you working too, they won’t ever respect you.
That doesn’t mean everyone has to do the same type of rowing, but even the captain is doing a form of rowing of his own. Any organization that allows tiers of leadership to become stagnant and still allow for raises and promotions with no merit should stop and think about what they are doing.