What makes a great leader? Just stop and let’s think,
Is it the way that you look or the fact you don’t stink?
I guess it could be, but that’s said with a wink,
It’s probably because you’re totally in sync!
OK, so Dr. Seuss I’m not, but there’s a lot to be learned from this wise man who rhymed almost everything he wrote. And his lessons aren’t just for children either.
Anyone who manages/supervises people, places or things,
could learn a thing or two from the rhyming book king!
Ooops, sorry, there I go again.
Leadership lessons, life lessons, business lessons, pearls of wisdom, call them what you want, Dr. Seuss books are loaded with them.
1) Don’t be a Yertle!
If you do, great. Just heed the advice Dr. Seuss espouses in “Yertle the Turtle.”
Good old King Yertle was an extremely ambitious turtle who had no regard for the people he ruled. He expected his fellow turtles to do exactly what he said, without any disagreements, because he was far superior to them.
“You hush up your mouth!” howled the mighty King Yertle.
“You’ve no right to talk to the world’s highest turtle.
I rule from the clouds! Over land! Over sea!
There’s nothing, no NOTHING, that’s higher than me!”
Really Yertle? Get a grip!
Stepping on his fellow turtles meant nothing to Yertle, as long as he had the highest throne in the land.
What Yertle failed to see was that something as small as a burp could send his throne toppling to the ground, because he didn’t listen to or care about the people he ruled, which were the people who created his throne.
For Yertle, the King of all Sala-ma-Sond,
Fell of his high throne and fell Plunk! in the pond!
And to say the great Yertle, that Marvelous he,
Is King of the Mud. That is all he can see.
Sacrificing the happiness or hard work of others to achieve your own success will cost you in the end.
Reason: At some point in time, you will need other people’s help and you won’t get it because of how you treated them.