Skooter reporting 06/02/12
You do not lead by hitting people over the head, that’s assault, not leadership.
Our food for thought for this first week of June, is a dispute between the North Wind and the Sun contesting who was the most powerful. I believe you have already heard about this tale nevertheless for others who have not heard it, I’ll be more than happy to share the story with them today.
A fable is told about an argument the North Wind had with the Sun about who was the more powerful. They finally agreed to settle their difference of opinion with this wager: the first to cause a wayfaring man to strip away his clothing would be the victor.
The North Wind huffed and puffed and blew with all his might, but the more it blew, the closer the traveler wrapped his cloak around him. He finally gave up and the Sun was ready to have a turn.
The Sun happily shone with all his warmth. As his rays warmed the traveler, he took off first one garment and then the next. At last, nearly overcome by the radiant heat, he undressed completely and plunged himself into a stream for a cool and soothing swim.
The Sun turned to the North Wind and said, “Persuasion is better than force.”
Criticism and harsh demands can turn a warm heart cold. Rebellion is more likely to be the result than improved performance. In contrast, praise and encouragement warm the heart. The person who feels appreciated not only follows the leader who gives such applause, but turns in a better performance.
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. 2 Timothy 2:24