Parents who have sat through one of their child’s graduation ceremonies, know the mixed feelings they experienced; a mix of joy, sadness, and pride. Pride for the accomplishment of the graduate and pride for the contributions they've made to the graduate's success.
Leaders should feel the same pride for their direct report's achievements. If they continuously challenged their direct report to develop while providing resources and removing obstacles for their success, they should feel deep pleasure and satisfaction.
In fact, the resumes of leaders today will often include the development and accomplishments of their direct reports, as well as their own accomplishments. When interviewing for leaders hiring managers should probe for how the leader has developed their direct reports.
Empower direct reports to succeed and revel in their accomplishments.