This past week brought the sad news about Eddie Van Halen passing away from cancer. Van Halen provided a soundtrack for the teenage years of millions of people around the world. The band was one of the most successful rock bands in history.

Eddie is also reminder is that a leader does not always need to be the “front man” to be successful. Eddie was smart enough to get great lead singers like David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar out front and not try to do everything himself.

Real leader success is about finding ways for the organization to be a standout. That is often done behind the scenes, collaborating with others, patiently working through problems, and getting the best talent in the right positions.

So don’t worry about being the smartest, the loudest, or the most charismatic person in the room. DO keep your eye on the ball to ensure that your team is creating “smash hits” that create raving fans and  that the team is working together to create something memorable.

Now, doesn’t that sound good?