Leadership is like the proverbial story of a few blind men touching an elephant. Touching its trunk, one of them would think that an elephant is long and thin. Another, touching its belly, would say that an elephant is big and round. Yet another, feeling one of its legs, would claim that an elephant is firm and stout.
All of us have some opinion about leadership. Some of us say leaders must lead the charge like Alexander the Great on the battlefield. Others may think that leaders should view the proceedings behind the frontline, like Win-ston Churchill, so that they can see the bigger picture. Who’s right? Is any one wrong?
We are better informed than the proverbial blind men since we have all experienced leadership in one way or another. Some of us could even be leaders.
The reality is that there are many styles of leadership and many different types of leaders. In this third edition of the newsletter, we explore the multi-faceted nature of leadership through the perspective of those who have been walking the tightrope that Alexander and Churchill once did.