Is your title getting in your way?

Some one needed to hear this one!

How Leaders Manage


The story goes that over 200 years ago, close to a battlefield, a man dressed in civilian clothes rode past a small group of battle weary and exhausted soldiers who  were digging a foxhole as a defensive position.   The section leader, making no effort to help, was shouting orders and threatening punishment if the work was not completed within the hour.

“Why are you not helping?” asked the stranger on horseback.

“I’m in charge here.  The men do as I tell them,” said the section leader.  “Hop over there and 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…

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