from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who offers others strong yet delusive enticements.
- n. One, such as a leader, who makes irresponsible promises.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which draws many in its wake.
Last summer, I met two role models for my business, Life Balance, Inc. In awe I watched Craig Fuller, president and CEO of the National Chain Drug Store Association, lead his organization with a compelling kindness that is difficult to describe—a sort of benevolent yet intensely powerful pied piper leadership style that empowers both optimist and cynic alike.
He led them to the main ward, a blazing blue-white pied piper leading a chorus of dead children.
Emerging from their places on the side streets at the other two points of the triangle came the Goblin Market: the woman who sold wind chimes, the man at the knife stall who’d tackled a customer, the necklace-selling pied piper with the gleaming dark eyes.