Though I am nowhere near wise yet, I have come to believe that it is true wisdome to understand that every great man truly does have a great woman standing behind him.
If I look at this from another perspective, I see that this means that in order for a man to be truly great, he requires a great woman behind him. In this situation, I am not implying that this great woman in fact have to be a woman at all, but at least a partner that loves him and is capable of driving him upward to greatness. Nor does the “man” in question have to be male.
I think a person is a mass of potential. A nebulous cloud of potential, that could be shaped into anything. Firmament is the biblical term, potter’s clay is the religious one. A great partner is capable of taking this potential, this firmament, and through love and support, direct and channel that potential into realization, creating a great person from an otherwise unremarkable one.
I think this is the basis of most rises to power. It has been seen time and again, a strong woman working through a man she can both love and support to drive him up the food chain of power till he reaches the pinnacle. Without the lens provided by his partner, he would never have achieved the focus required to rise above the static.
Conversely, she would never achieve the same level of greatness without a man possessing suitable potential. When this becomes truly fascinating is when you start applying this to individuals you know. Look at the dynamic between the lens and the potential, see how it works.
This is a deeply symbiotic relationship, and one of the more interesting aspects of humanity, if you ask me.