In 100 Words: The Cracked Pot and Leadership

An elderly woman used two pots to fetch water, each hung on the ends of a pole. One pot was perfect and delivered full portion of water while the other had a leaking crack. The imperfect pot felt very ashamed and this went on for a year.

One day, the woman told the cracked pot, “Do you see flowers on one side of the road? They are your gift to this world. Knowing about your flaw, I planted flower seeds on your side of the path which you watered”.

We all have cracks. Effective leadership is about handling them well.

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Photograph by: Tanmay Vora, Earthen pots arranged on the roadside, India.

In 100 Words: Humility, Life and Leadership

Humility

In that leadership workshop, the trainer and the participants were discussing about the importance of humility in life and leadership. Some people defined humility as ‘modesty’ while others said it was about ‘seeing the self as a means to an end and not an end in itself.’

After listening carefully, the trainer said, “Humility is like the banks of a river that gives direction to the flowing water without possessing it.

“In life and leadership, we are only great to an extent we empower others without having any pride in possessing them. It’s about standing with people, not above them.”

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In 100 Words: Learning (and Teaching) to Fly

Here’s how eagles learn to fly. When the baby eagle (eaglet) has fully developed wings, the mother hovers above the nest with a piece of food in her claws. She nurtures the curiosity and shows the eaglet that wings are for flying. Piece of food inspires the eaglet to try.

If this doesn’t work, eagle just throws the eaglets out of her nest. When the eaglet is falling, the eagle swoops under the baby and picks the baby on wings before throwing again till the eaglet starts flapping the wings and fly. Mother supports while the eaglet learns by doing.

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In 100 Words: With People, Be Patient!

When you are set out to help others grow (including your own kids), you have to give them time and space to grow. People, like plants, grow organically. They learn from what you tell them, but they learn from how they feel and what they experience.

As a leader (yes, parents are leaders too!), if you are too worried about seeing immediate results from people, you may be disappointed. When you plant seeds, you don’t dig them every day to check if they are growing. They will never grow. Sometimes, less leadership is the best leadership.

With people, be patient.

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