A consistent shallow wade among surface behaviors can prove dangerous when one is suddenly in the depths. A behavior shift at the surface level only is not permanent. When met with enough resistance we will easily shift to the old, comfortable behavior, regardless of what is best for us or those we lead. The need to control will keep one in the shallows if they even enter the stream at all.
Control in leadership is an illusion. It is selfish and present in the immature manager. We steal away our own joy when we make the interactions of leading all about ourselves. Control is false confidence. The stream is in control. This struggle for control is part of the old confidence. This old confidence is ineffective in the 21st Century. Followers will force honesty and authenticity. A commitment to consistently wade the stream will teach us to bless the flow. At the forefront of keeping this commitment is an understanding of the old confidence.