The cocktails that tickled palates for generations provide
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The origins of our leadership style -- Shaken and stirred!
Good leaders know that it’s healthy to regularly evaluate one’s leadership effectiveness. It can also be useful to understand the origins of our leadership styles -- that is, how we learned what it means to be a leader.
Intricately intertwined influences shape our approach to leadership – including culture and family, bosses good and bad, important relationships, and the myriad interactions that punctuate our lives. Not surprisingly, it can be quite a challenge to unravel the convoluted coil that forms our leadership styles.
At Leadership Cocktail, we have found similar convolution in cocktail history. Consider the case of the classic gin Martini.
At least three tales purport to trace the roots of the Martini. One suggests that, in the 1860s, San Francisco bartender Jerry Thomas -- widely regarded as the grandfather of American mixology -- created the Martinez cocktail for a customer taking the ferry to the California town of that name. (Others attribute the invention of the drink to barkeep Julio Richelieu in 1871.) Although the recipe called for gin, the Martinez more closely resembled the modern-day Manhattan.
A second story is linked to the introduction of Martini & Rossi dry vermouth in the U.S. in the late 1800s. According to this legend, a bartender -- his name lost to posterity -- first mixed gin with the newly-available vermouth and named the drink to honor the distillery.
A third version suggests that the cocktail was crafted at New York City’s Knickerbocker Hotel in 1911 by the house bartender. His name? Martini di Arma di Tagga.
One cocktail, three sagas. What’s the story behind your leadership style?