Leadership Tip of the Week: The Legend of St. Patrick

Do you know who St. Patrick was?

St. Patrick’s Day is an iconic holiday celebrated with parades, feasts and green beer. It celebrates the life and work of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick. There are many legends and myths of St. Patrick and 17 centuries later, the legends continue to grow.

What is believed to be true is that St. Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and forced into slavery. He escaped back to his home in Britain and later returned to Ireland as a successful missionary.

His body of work created some popular legends; he drove the snakes from Ireland into the sea, he made pigs appear in order to feed hungry travelers and the most popular legend is that he used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. This legend established the importance of the shamrock to the Irish and popularized it as an icon for the Irish people.

The legend of the shamrock serves as a great lesson for today’s leaders. St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to non-Christians. The three petals united by one stem served as an easy illustration for people to understand. This illustration allowed St. Patrick to effectively communicate with people. The effectiveness of his communication is still seen today as the shamrock is the national flower of Ireland and is the most recognized symbol of St. Patrick.

Leaders shouldn’t underestimate the power of using objects or images like the shamrock to help them communicate their point to their team.

Cheers to St. Patrick for giving us a great holiday and an important lesson in leadership!


Photo Credit: Nheyob

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