Do we need leaders?
If so, why?
If not, why not?
Assuming we do need leaders:
- what are the attributes of a good leader?
- what responsibilities do leaders have?
- what responsibilities do followers have?
There are many kinds of leaders. We have civic leaders, political leaders, religious leaders, industrial leaders, community leaders, public intellectuals; leaders in companies, families, clubs, schools, and even leaders in criminal organizations. There are fashion leaders, coaches, trendsetters, cult leaders, and so on. All of them exert a degree of leadership.
Some of them have legal power (Hu Jintao, Barak Obama;) some have vast resources at their disposal (Bill Gates, Carlos Slim;) and some have no formal position but wield enormous moral power (i.e. Mohandas K. Gandhi, Mother Teresa.) Some "popular leaders" like Anthony Robbins and Stephen Covey exert their influence and charge for the privilege.
What sets all these leaders apart from the rest of us?
What can we learn from them, individually? And what can we learn from the fact the leadership role exists at all?
[Anything even remotely connected to leadership is allowed in this debate.]
Closing Statement from Thomas Jones
Thanks to all of you who contributed to this conversation. I hope you enjoyed it. I did.
My last post offers a short synopsis of what we discussed.