Saturday, March 26, 2011


Queen Victoria was once at a diplomatic reception in London.
The guest of honor was an African chieftain. 
All went well during the meal until, at the end, finger bowls 
were served. The guest of honor had never seen a British finger bowl, 
and no one had thought to brief him beforehand about its purpose. 
So he took the bowl in his two hands, lifted it to his mouth, 
and drank its contents down!

For an instant there was breathless silence among the 
British privilege guests, and then they began to whisper 
to one another. All that stopped; however, 
when Queen Victoria silently took her finger bowl 
in her two hands, lifted it, and drank its contents! 

A moment later, 500 surprised British ladies and gentlemen 
simultaneously drank the contents of their own finger bowls.  
It was the queen’s uncommon courtesy that 
guarded her guest from certain embarrassment. 

Very rare, very effective human trait which only true leaders can 

While the most common human trait is to look for chances to 
humiliate someone else or be neutral when they make a mistake, 
it takes presence of mind, uncommon courtesy to follow someone 
else’s mistake in order to guard them from embarrassment!

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