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Are you using your tusks or your teeth? – positional vs relational authority

On a receElephantnt engagement in India, the car I was traveling in was pulled over by a policeman for an alleged traffic infraction. After a tense argument in low voices, my driver turned on his heel, returned to our vehicle, and we continued on our way. “What happened?” I asked. In response, my driver quoted the following Hindi proverb:

Haathi ke do daant hothe he – ek khane ke liye, ek dikhane ke liye

Translation: elephants have two sets of teeth – one real set to eat with and a second set (tusks) to show off to others. Continue reading