I just got back from a trip to Israel.
It was fascinating, inspiring, and educational.
It felt like a crash masters course in history and religion.
While there I visited the Knesset, Israel’s legislative body.
In the main reception hall is a three panel mural by renowned artist, Marc Chagall.
It depicts the past, present, and envisioned future of Israel.
The past panel is the largest,
showing the importance of remembering the past
and its impact on today and the future.
There are two drawings each of King David and Moses,
two central figures in Judaism.
For each of the men, Chagall painted
a larger than life depiction and also a smaller one
showing each man mingling with their fellow Israelites.
Why would there be two drawings of each man?
It’s a lesson in leadership.
The belief is that a leader has two sides.
He/she should be larger than life in order to inspire others
with his/her charisma and vision.
In addition, a leader must be among the people
to connect and understand what is going on.
As a leader, it’s important to make sure you have followers.
Thus, King David is depicted larger than life
and also fighting Goliath (left side of mural).
Moses is shown on the mountain receiving the 10 Commandments
and also wandering in the desert with his fellow Israelites. (right side and middle)
As leaders, we are most effective
when we have a vision and can inspire others
while also connecting and being approachable.
If Chagall were painting you,
what would you be doing/sharing in your large depiction
and what would you be doing/sharing among the people?
Balancing the two is truly an art!