There is no right or wrong answer to this challenging social dilemma. The complex reality of organizational behavior shows that the choice is rarely black or white. Instinctively one might believe that leaders should always stand out. The reality proves that often the most effective leadership is invisible.
Eventually, it all comes down to the ability to keep ones own, and the team’s focus on the collective goals. That is why, before choosing to fit in or stand out, one must have the expert intuition to recognize when it is the right place, the right time, and what are the right reasons for doing one or the other.