Stop impressing others | Story no. 143

A newly promoted Colonel had moved into a recently built makeshift office during the Gulf War.

He had just arrived and was getting organised when out of the corner of his eye, he saw a private coming his way, carrying a tool box.

Waiting to seem important, he quickly spun around and picked up his phone.

“Yes, General Schwarzkopf, yes, yes of offcourse, I think that’s an excellent plan,” he said. “You have got my support on it. Thanks for checking with me. Let’s touch base again soon, Norm. Goodbye.” And he briskly hung up and turned around.

“And what can I do for you?” he asked the private.

“Ahh, I am just here to repair the phone.”

De-briefing of this story

Stop trying to impress others to maintain your position. Start developing trust to maintain it.

You should always have the higher value because of your integrity.

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Story source
From the book – The 5 Levels of Leadership by John Maxwell


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