I looked up from my reading and out the airport window was a little vehicle pushing an airliner back from the gate. I’ve seen it plenty of times before but this time I noticed something I must have overlooked in the past. The little vehicle pushing this enormous plane was called a “tug”.
The power of the massive jet was way beyond comparison to the little tug, but the tug was necessary to move the plane away and get it into taxiing position. The dwarfed tug could do one thing the large aircraft was unable to do by itself; back up. I thought it a little ironic that the vehicle was called a tug when in reality its only purpose was to push, not pull. I thought about the word, “tug”.
Great leaders provide the tug for the team. The power of the team far exceeds the power of any individual, but great leadership pulls the team; motivates, empowers; aids them into position to accomplish their purpose(s).
Great leaders pull, they don’t push.
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