As Bob Dole found out, you can't keep a positive image while being your party's mouthpiece in Congress. That's why no legislative leader since James Madison has ever been elected president.
The relational leader operates not by being known by everyone, but by authentically creating positive relationships with people around her.
Being humble matters.
People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.
Positive anything is better than negative nothing.