Leaders of People – A Poem by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The leaders of people have one of four names:
Procustes, Napoleon, Sam, or Solon.
Procustes believes, and his people
must live behind the bars of his faith.
Napoleon gambles — and win or lose –
his people pay.
Uncle Sam sits in a manor that resembles a store,
And counts pennies, hoping for more and more.
Solon waits for vision, then acts in terms of eternity.
And his people prosper.

Mihály Csíkszentmihályi
Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Management
Claremont Graduate University, USA

Note: This poem was sent to my colleague and friend Paul Marer, Professor Emeritus and then given to Dr. Zoltan Buzady, Associate Professor of Leadership, in 2019.

Samokhvalov, Alexander Nikolaevich (1894-1971). Russia. The idea of birth. Canvas, oil paint, 1937, Kasteyev Museum Almaty