Get Off Your High Horse
Over 200 years ago on a lone battlefield a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of exhausted battle-weary soldiers frantically digging an obviously important defensive position.
The section leader, sitting leisurely on his horse with canteen in hand, made no effort to help, and shouted orders and
threatened punishment if the work was not completed within the hour.
The stranger in civilian clothes rode his horse up to the section leader and asked him, “Why are you not helping?”
“I am in charge,” shouted the man. “The men do as I tell them.” And then added, “Help them yourself if you feel so strongly about it.”
To the section leader's surprise the stranger dismounted and helped the men, toiling in the dirt under the hot sun until the job was finished.
Before leaving the stranger congratulated the men for their work, and approached the puzzled section leader.
“You should notify top command next time your rank prevents you from supporting your men—and I will provide a more permanent solution,” said the stranger.
Up close, the section leader now recognized General Washington… and also the lesson he'd just been taught.
Get in the trenches and do what you would have others do. Make your action your instruction.
are 5 behaviors, disciplines and actions you want your team to take this week?
Do them yourself… with excellence. Eventually they will follow your lead… and you will earn the title of leader.
I interviewed an extraordinary woman recently. It’s become one of my top 10 favorite interviews of all-time. Her name is Frances
Hesselbein. Frances was the leader of millions of young women as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of America for 14 years and Chairman of the United Way during periods of history where it was extremely rare for women to hold such prominent leadership positions. When you listen to Frances it’s almost like getting the chance to hear from a great figure in history like Eleanor Roosevelt or Margaret Thatcher. When you listen to her you’ll know what I mean.
Here’s a small segment from that private interview where she tells the story of the greatest leadership lesson she ever learned—CLICK HERE to listen.
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