A Story That Describes Why Some Managers Are Successful

A lion is basking in the sun when a fox comes along, looking upset.

“What’s wrong?” asks the friendly lion. “My watch is broken”, replies the upset fox.

“Give it to me; I’ll fix it for you”, says the lion.

“How can you fix it?” replies the incredulous fox. “Your paws and claws are too big for such a delicate job”.

“You’ll see”, replies the friendly lion, as he takes the watch into his cave.

A few minutes later, the lion emerges with a fixed watch and hands it back to the fox. The impressed fox walks off and the lion continues lazing in the sun.

Then a bear passes, looking down in the dumps. “What’s up?” enquires the lion.

The bear says his phone has broken and he’s going to have to get a new one.

“Give it to me; I’ll fix it”, says the friendly lion.

The bear is puzzled. “How can you do that? Your paws will crush my small phone!”

“You’ll see” replies the lion, and takes the phone into his cave. He returns a few minutes later with a fixed phone and hands it to the surprised bear. The bear says thanks and walks away. The lion sits contentedly in the sun.

A little bird has been observing all this. He flies into the lion’s cave and observes.

There, sitting and looking very pleased with themselves, are five intelligent-looking rabbits, with precision instruments and complicated tools. A contented lion is relaxing in the corner.

The morale?

If you want to know why a manager is successful, look at his subordinates.

The Lesson?

If you want to know why someone is promoted, look at his subordinates.

Many thanks

Sean McPheat

Managing Director

(Image by Gualtiero Boffi)


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Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.

3 thoughts on “A Story That Describes Why Some Managers Are Successful”

  1. Nick

    Thank you for this insightful yet childishly narrated story about a paramount topic such as successful management. Loved it!

    1. Thanks, Hugo. You’re right, it was insightful, and it’s often strange that simple and childlike stories can teach us adults surprisingly astute things. Thanks again for your comments. Nick

  2. Oh … Yes

    A very nice & straight to the point story.

    As a matter of fact, I’ve experienced this Philosophy & it proved its effectiveness.

    A SMART Manager/Leader is the one who surround himself by SMART subordinates. He need NOT to worry about his position because of thier success as by the end of the day every success will pour in his bowl too

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