The lion walked up to the mouse and roared, “Who is the king of the jungle?” The mouse squeaked, “You are, you are.”
Then the lion walked up to the fox and roared, “Who is the king of the jungle?” The fox barked, “You are, you are.”
Then the lion walked up to the elephant and roared, “And who is the king of the jungle?”
The elephant picked up the lion by the tail, whirled him round his head and dropped him in a bush. The lion poked his head out of the bush and said, “There’s no need to get in a bad mood just because you don’t know the answer.”
Moral: There is more to leadership than assuming that you’re in charge. This may impress mice and foxes, but is not always an effective management technique.
High-quality leadership involves leaders…
- Being clear about personal and organisational goals
- Monitoring their [team members’] achievements
- Changing processes to [allow their team members to reach their goals]
- Having a simultaneous ‘push’ to get things done together with a charismatic ‘pull’ [to persuade their team members that “they can do it”], and
- Fully involving staff through consultation
True leadership means inviting other people to come on a journey with you. The journey may sometimes seem perilous and challenging, but ends with a sense of personal accomplishment and triumph for everyone involved.