A brief and cautionary teaching story for those in leadership positions, courtesy of the 13th century poet Saadi. Anyone who has ever been unlucky enough to work under inept or self-absorbed team or company leaders (often bad listeners) may no doubt relate as well:
Regaining his composure, the king smiled and said, ?Heaven has befriended thee, otherwise would I have drawn the bowstring to my ear.?
?It showeth neither wise administration nor good judgment,? replied the herdsman, ?when the king knows not an enemy from a friend. Those who are greatest should know those who are least. Many times hast thou seen me in thy presence, and asked of me concerning the horses and the grazing fields. Now that I come again before thee, thou takest me for an enemy. More skilled am I, O king, for I can distinguish one horse out of a hundred thousand. Tend thou thy people as I, with sense and judgment tend my horses.?