The evils of Leaders and Leadership| filed under: Leaders and Leadership
Colin Bower, author of “Open Minds, Closed Minds and Christianity” wrote an article for the newspaper about “the evils of leaders and leadership”.
Here are some quotes:
- “The planet is besotted with the concept of leadership.”
- “Leadership has its origins in patriarchy and in the military, and it has no place in post-colonial liberal democracies.”
- “Starting with “A” for Adolf and ending in “Z” for Zedong, the history of the 20th century is a history of the devastation caused by the hundreds of men who set themselves up as leaders. If we could trade in the partial good done by the handful of great leaders the world has seen, in order to secure absolution from the manifold evil done by all the bad leaders, it would be a trade greatly to humanity’s advantage.
If the definition of a leader is someone who occupies a position of power, Bower has points worth making. But if leadership is simply earning willing high energy followership, the models of leadership he uses are questionable and not necessarily helpful. The crucial issue is power and how it is used. I don’t follow anyone willingly or bring my personal energy along with me, if its power that is used to coerce me. And I don’t know anyone who does. No one follows willingly and with energy out of fear!
What do you think?
Do you agree?