The Frog and the Scorpion: A Leadership Tale…


My Course of Action

Have you heard the story about the Frog and the Scorpion?

A Scorpion asks a Frog to carry him over a river. The Frog is afraid of being stung during the trip, “I would, but you will sting me”. The Scorpion pleads that he certainly will not! Again, the Frog argues, “I would, but you will sting me. Again, the Scorpion pleads, “Please, I must get across and I promise not to sting you”. The Scorpion argues that if it stung the frog, both would sink and the Scorpion would drown. The Frog agrees and begins carrying the Scorpion, but midway across the river the Scorpion does indeed sting the Frog, dooming them both.

When asked why, the Scorpion says, “WHAT DID YOU EXPECT. I’M A SCORPION. IT’S MY NATURE!”

The morale of the story and relevancy to leadership in organizations is that in changing and dynamic times…

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