Helen S. Astin responds to
And a Little Pig Shall Lead Them

Your theory definitely has merit depending on how people learn about leadership. That is by knowing what is expected and also by role modeling. The part about Babe and his leadership deserves an 1-sober as a judge regarding the merits of the theory. Babe shows a relational type of leadership. He is respectful, and tries to bring the best out in the flock. A shepherd cares and protects as he guides the flock toward its destination. The part about shepherds sexually stimulating their sheep to make them bond, and priests seeing themselves as shepherds of the young and thus helping them to bond by sexually stimulating them deserves a 4-Completely Crackpot, unless we assume that they are role modeling by observing sheep shepherding and that they have not had any leadership development courses, workshops etc. Oh well, maybe they need to go to the Center for Creative Leadership for some theory and practice on leadership behavior!

Helen S. Astin is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.

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