"Good leaders make people feel that they're at the very heart of things,not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning." -- Warren Bennis
"Leaders are best when people barely know they exist, br>not so good when people obey them, worse when people despise them, But of good leaders, who talk little,
when their work is done and their aim fulfilled,
people will say, 'We did it ourselves.'" -- Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching #17
"A leader has the vision to see the forest in a seed, and the savvy to root that vision in the power of people." -- Eric Klein
I am participating in an online leadership course for Virginia Tech and one of the students asked me for a metaphor for leadership. I'd like to challenge you to help these young people better understand leadership. What would you use as a metaphor for leadership?
Please respond with your metaphors in the comments section below and we'll share them with some of the leaders of the future.