The husky sled is a perfect metaphor for various leadership situations. One leader and her team. I use this example for discussions about useful leadership behavior (I avoid the term leadership style, because behaviour emphasizes your active role).
Cheering up the huskies: Some are standing on the sled cheering the huskies up ‚let’s go‘ ‚you can make it!‘ ‚only 20 miles to go’…
Being a huskie: Some are in the middle of the pack, trying to drag like a dog themselves ‚Hey buddies, I’m like you guys. I don’t mind getting my hands dirty‘
Freeloader: Some do not lead at all and let the huskies drag ‚Hey guys. Our big boss wants X. We’re a team right? Whatcha gonna do?‘
Loner huskie: Some want to acheive a goal no matter if the others are on board ‚Hey guys, do X everybody!!! Aaargh, let me do it myself, step aside!‘
There’s a couple more possible constellations. You can easily draw them all on a flip chart to discuss pros and cons. Everybody will get it immediately and you don’t have to talk about academical leadership styles.
And as a conclusion, you can teach them that in real life – in the snowy solitude of Canada, just you and your huskies – you can’t rely on your own favourite ’style‘ – you need all leadership behaviours if you want to survive the adventure and bring everybody home alive.
And if you fall into a crack and break your hips, even the freeloader might be an option for a while, in that case I hope you have created a great team to carry you.