Are you experiencing good leadership? Can you even define it?
Regardless of your answer, please read Erik Hare’s thoughts on the subject. Here’s an excerpt:
What is Leadership? It is an understanding of how to organize and accomplish things in a complex world. The lack of leadership we see at the top is merely a reflection of the lack of understanding of leadership throughout our society, which is to say how to think strategically. Perhaps we should listen more to those trained in the military, but we could also listen to the wisdom of Lao Tzu from Tao Te Ching 17, written 2,500 years ago:
The existence of the leader who is wise
is barely known to those he leads.
He acts without unnecessary speech,
so that the people say,
“It happened of its own accord”.
That’s a leader who teaches the lay of the land ahead. That’s a leader who understands Strategy. What do you think?
Leadership. There has been a lot of talk about it lately, or more to the point the lack of it. In common talk it is defined as “Doing or standing for the things I like” far more often than is useful. But most people will agree that the inability for our US Government to do something about a large deficit coupled with a lack of support for genuine growth comes down to a lack of leadership.
I argue that this is to be expected, given the horrible lack of leadership everywhere in the developed world right now. Can anyone name a powerful nation with good leadership? Perhaps you can name a few businesses that have it, but not many. How about social leadership? Religious leadership? Are there more than a few people in rich nations anywhere who have a strong following that is capable of getting done what they want…
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