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Plato's chariot allegory

Back in the day, when people still used chariots, the chariots would often be powered by two, or even four horses. But the most common was to have two horses pulling the chariot.

And Plato had this analogy to draw from them, “The charioteer of the human soul drives a pair, and secondly one of the horses is noble and of noble breed, but the other quite the opposite in breed and character.”

Often, we are caught in two minds as in Plato's chariot allegory.

It is easy to picture what happens to the chariot when each of the two horses are trying to pull it in their own direction. The chariot doesn't go where the person in the chariot wants it to go and it might even crumble and fall.

This is what indecision does to us as well.

This allegory is even more prevalent in teams and in companies, where each person on the team may have their own agenda and wants to drive the proverbial chariot in that direction.

This is why the job of the leader is like that of the charioteer. To ensure that everyone is working towards a common agenda and are moving in sync.

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