All morning, an instructor on my staff had been explaining leadership to a class of police recruits. Calling a man to the front of the class, he handed him a piece of paper on which was written: “You are in charge. Get everyone out of the room without causing a panic.”
The recruit was at a loss for words and returned to his seat.
The second man summoned tried: “Everybody outside. Go!” No one moved.
A third man glanced at the instructions, smiled and said, “All right, men. Break for lunch.” The room emptied in seconds.
- Howard Dean