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Lions, lambs and easter lilies by Su_G fabric by su_g on Spoonflower - custom fabric

Preview scale: 21.0 x 18.0 inches

or Lions, lambs and leadership: "rather be a lamb led by a lion than a lion led by a lamb". Entry in the Lion-lamb contest. © Su Schaefer 2013
Lions, lambs and Easter lilies, or Lions, lambs and leadership.
Inspirations for this design were a mis-remembered saying: "rather be a lamb led by a lion than a lion led by a lamb" (actual saying below), and Easter lilies flowering in nearby gardens. My entry in Spoonflower's Lion-lamb contest.
© Su Schaefer 2013

The actual saying: "An army of lions led by a sheep is no match for an army of sheep led by a lion." Attributed to Winston Churchill, and cited in a book on leadership by Richard Luecke: Scuttle your ships before advancing: and other lessons from history on leadership and change, OUP, 1994.

While incubating the idea I looked at pictures of 'leadership' which generally show one person dominant or prominent (e.g. more brightly colored) in a group, with arrows pointing every which way... Not very inspiring. Then my local newspaper reported results of a trial evacuation from the Harbour Tunnel which observed (from video & interviews) that in an emergency few like to lead (94% said their movements were influenced by others; full report here). That did it, I made up my mind and led with lions AND lambs leading!

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