Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Feeding Others Feeds and Liberates Us


The Lord invited angels and demons for a dinner and said, "There will be divine food on the menu. Anyone who eats it would become immortal."

So both groups turned up at the Lord's residence, for the dinner. The Lord thanked them for coming and said, "You can have the food but to attain immortality you should ensure that you do not bend your arms at the elbows while you eat."

The demons tried their best to eat without bending their elbow and utterly failed. Cursing the Lord they went back. Angels did not have any problems. Each took a morsel of food and fed the other. Thus, mutually feeding each other, they attained immortality.

A quality of a good leader is in learning the art of managing people. Andrew Carnegie said, "Take away my people, but leave my factories, and soon grass will grow on the factory floors. Take away my factories, but leave my people, and soon we will have a new and better factory."

In managing people one has to keep their hopes alive. One has to teach them to manage their disappointments. A good leader does not worry too much about his career but works on the careers of others. When a successful man was asked what was his greatest asset he answered, "I consider the ability to awaken the enthusiasm in my people as the greatest asset that I possess."

To awaken people's enthusiasm is the greatest skill that a leader can possess. When Andrew Carnegie was asked about the secrets of his success he answered, "One should have a patience of a gold miner when working with people. To get a little gold you have to patiently remove a lot of dust." Someone has stated beautifully, "There is difference between a boss and a leader."

The boss pushes the subordinates; the leader inspires them.

The boss depends on authority; the leader on good will.

The boss says 'I'; the leader says 'We'.

The boss says "You go'; the leader says 'Let us go'.

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