In our Latin I textbook, we read a story about the first king of Rome, Romulus. It is historical fiction and based on the limited, simple vocabulary in the early part of a first-year textbook, but there is a line that always draws our attention. Romulus says to the people, "Rome will be great. You will be famous." There is no ancient source for this, but that does not matter. This quote illustrates a key leadership principle. It is not enough to tell people their organization will be great. Leaders must connect vision to the lives of the people themselves. A leader may have a fantastic idea, but the people all want to know, "How does this affect me? How will my life be different? Will it make things better for me?"
We do not spend a long time discussing this. After all, we have our basic grammar to learn in Latin I. It is not enough, though, just to learn our nouns and verbs, and even when reading a bit of historical fiction, we must take time to draw out what is important.