Leadership for leaders








It's easy, really: religions and politicians have been doing it for centuries. There's no big secret to "leadership" but you do need a bit of ability with words from time to time, either spoken or written. What you do not need is originality, humanity, big testicles, intelligence or any of those wonderful things you think real leaders (meaning yourself) have more than other people.

All you do is pick clich├ęs out of the ether, repackage them with some rhgetoric of dubious quality, act like you means it, if possible hold vague threats of some kind of power or seductive ability over your audience, and boy, they will follows you.

Obama is the supreme example and he probably meant some of what he said. Bliar was the sort of leader who is all mouth and no trousers.

Here in Random but Connected City what you need is to flatter your audience (sorry, to "inspire"). Just tell them how you want their dreams to come true and how following your enthusiastic lead will do it for them. Just imply that they're good enough for your kick-butt team or your leadership scheme of whatever hue. You can always reject the troublemakers in private.

Just whip up enthusiasm, in fact. It's laughably simple and any fule can do it. Don't get all hung up "delivery"; that's history - this is the age of concept and (s)he who spins the most popular concepts into a vaguely sensible rallying cry will rise to the top, like scum on a boiled belly pork (with thanks to Rick Stein for that one; I don't eat fatty meat).

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

Leadership for leaders

I understand the Importance of Being Ernest :-)

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Phillip Khan-Panni

PKP

Leadership for leaders

It's not necessary to wait for a 'big' issue to discover your leadership qualities. In everyday gatherings, at work, in networking and business meetings, there will often come a time when the discussion is going nowhere. Make an intervention. See what effect it has. If they respond, you have leadership potential. If they ignore you and go on as before ... Never mind, think about it and work on your skills. :-) PKP

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Leadership for leaders

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Martin Dewhurst

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Leadership for leaders

I 'did' a leadership course whilst living in Liverpool. Self imposed choice to live in relative poverty so I could experientially know what it felt like. The course was 1 year long and involved 50+ of the Cities finest. There was a point where it was asked, "who is capable of leadership?" I found myself stood alone on one side of the room whilst 49 other 'leaders' clung to their concepts of what 'exclusive' leadership 'should' look like. What I believe, rightly or wrongly is that every human is born with an innate ability to lead something, be that a call for rights for disabled people, a call for better treatment of animals, a faith in the the underdogs or a calling to reform the banking industry, or even to take charge in an emergency situation, whatever our calling, it doesn't require anything other than clarity in a given moment, an insight into an injustice, an empathy with the oppressed or an idea of a brighter, alternative future for someone less fortunate than ourselves. The ego was naturally in its element on this course, I observed at points, every scornful glance, every questioning smirk, every separating aloofness. I watched and saw myself in each ugly reflection of of our self limiting behaviours. What I also saw in spades, was the real leadership of the Afro Caribbean Matriarch who took no shit from the boys on the street, the ex-army veteran who ran the boxing club, the retired police woman who cared for the homeless, the woman with MS who ran the drug rehab centre. These were the real leaders, unsung, unknown and with no airs or graces, just focus and love in equal measures. The switched off city leaders strut like Peacocks, aloof, disconnected, separate from. The street leaders, well, you'd never know they were there, they're too busy leading by example.

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