Thursday, March 06, 2008


Arrogance is one of the most destructive things that a leader can have. I experienced a very arrogant leader in a job I had several years ago which prompted me to write the book, Bleedership, Biblical First-Aid for Leaders.

My boss felt because of his position, he had free reign to do whatever he wanted, as if the rules did not apply to him. That is probably why I liked this story I recently received in an email:

A cocky U.S. Department of Agriculture representative stopped at a farm and talked with an old farmer. He told the farmer, 'I need to inspect your farm.'

The old farmer said, 'OK, but don't go in that field right over yonder.'

The Agriculture representative said, 'Mister, I have the authority of the United States Government with me. See this card? The card means I am allowed to go WHEREVER I WISH on any agricultural land. No questions asked or answered. Have I made myself clear? Do you understand!?'

The farmer nodded politely and went about his farm chores.

Half an hour later, the farmer heard loud screams and saw the Agriculture Rep running for the fence and close behind was the farmer's huge-horned prize bull. The bull was gaining on the Agriculture Rep with every step.

The Rep was clearly terrified, so farmer immediately threw down his tools, ran to the fence and shouted out, 'Your card! Your card! Show him your card!'


Renee Drew said...

This is hilarious! Thanks, Jim, for giving us all a chuckle.

Jim Lange said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it Renee - Thanks!

Rick said...

Great stuff on leadership this week, Jim. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and efforts to give fresh perspectives and insights such as this. Made me crack up as well and I actually had some faces in my mind of people I know superimposed on the USDA Inspector's head running from that bull! LOL

Jim Lange said...

Thanks Rick! I think we all can picture in our mind someone who is arrogant being chased by that same bull! Kind of brings a smile to ones face - oops, as Christians we're not supposed to think like that are we? Sorry.

Jim said...

Isn't it always the givernment that has a better answer and we the people have to just listen and take a seat.

Jim Lange said...

Jim, it certainly seems that way! I think it's because they feel they are above us because they are elected. Plus we obviously can't survive without them! The epitome of arrogance!