I love this post by Ottmar Liebert called, simply, Evocative. Check out this passage:
"Now, as a musician I have to ask myself which part of my piece of music is useful, or which part can be filled by the listener. In other words, if a musician loses the ability to listen like his audience, he loses the ability to evoke their emotions. At that point one might get so carried away that the pot is closed at the top, with no place to pour anything into..."
Is it just me, or does this lovely paragraph not also speak volumes about leading? Leaders influence and enroll others. They create an environment that evokes their passions about the work, team members, and success.
I also like the metaphor of over filling the pot... How often do we do this during meetings?
If you don't already, check out Ottmar's blog. Is is a pleasure to read and often evocative.