Story for corporate training: leading from the front

Larks insight:

Leadership is not just commanding, it is guidance and helping so that the work gets done.

The story goes that sometime, close to a battlefield over 200 years ago, a man in civilian clothes rode past a small group of exhausted battle-weary soldiers digging an obviously important defensive position. The section leader, making no effort to help, was shouting orders, threatening punishment if the work was not completed within the hour.
“Why are you are not helping?” asked the stranger on horseback.
“I am in charge. The men do as I tell them,” said the section leader, adding, “Help them yourself if you feel strongly about it.”
To the section leader’s surprise the stranger dismounted and helped the men 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.

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  1. Is this story relevant to your workplace?
  2. If it is, how?
  3. If it isn’t, why?
  4. What is your key takeaway? Why?
  5. How will you incorporate this lesson in your life?

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Curated by: Lariena Kumar

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