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The Wizard of Oz

If you are familiar with The Wizard of Oz, you know that the central figure is Dorothy, who is joined by three unusual partners in a search for the mighty Wizard. Each character believes that the Wizard can provide what they need. When they find the Wizard, they realize that he is just an ordinary person who can't really help them with any magical powers. They also come to see that what they sought was already within their grasp, and that a wizard or expert wasn't the remedy they had imagined.

Brian McLaren, a noted author and pastor, wrote an essay entitled Dorothy on Leadership. McLaren argues that Dorothy, though a child, was the real leader in the group. I urge you to read the essay for yourself and see what made Dorothy an effective servant leader. Then see how you can apply those same principles to your life and work.

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