In the animal kingdom, king Lion had a team of guard where General Buffalo is the head. One afternoon, General Buffalo slept, dreamt and saw that king Lion was killed, but would be saved if he took such and such precautions. King Lion being a wise king, took to the advice of General Buffalo and took the precautions. So he was saved. After the incidence, King Lion called General Buffalo and told him he was going to reward him and at the same time punish him! General Buffalo was surprised to hear about punishment. I saved your life he thought to himself, King Lion said: I am going to reward you for saving my life through the dream you had and narrated to me.
On the other hand, I am going to punish because you slept while you are supposed to be on duty [in the afternoon] the lesson from this story is that as leaders in whatever capacity, we must learn to separate and classify issues. We should reward people for what they have done right and correct [or punish when necessary] them when they have erred. Mixing things up and not separating them will lead to people under our leadership not knowing when they are right and when they are wrong. This can lead to confusion and frustration. It is also important that your course of action be explained to the people involved so that they can know why you have taken the action that you have taken.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited