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Do Great Leaders Have to be Jerks to Lead?
originally posted by: intrptr
They aren't "leaders" they are takers.
They been stepping on others to get to the top their whole lives. Nobody who has a conscience can understand just how some people can be that ambitious and un empathetic towards others.
But on the surface they are all manufactured smiles and seemingly good will.
Today, people like Steve Jobs are protected by Man Made Laws that prevent society and malcontents from taking out their grievances in blood.
This is why I was never a good businessman. Too much empathy..But I have the "charismatic and charming" bit though.
originally posted by: Ngatikiwi
Explains why the world is the way it is. Some will say this is just a "survival of the fittest" trait and are probably right.
The "pursuit of profit and power" system we have is the perfect setting for them to thrive in.
originally posted by: Bluntone22
You mentioned Mandela as peaceful but he has a history of womanizing and spousal abuse. And one of his wives was down right scary so he's not exactly squeaky clean.
He's probably better than most though.
As to your topic. A leader needs to be an alpha male or female personality. Just like a good parent knows when a kid needs a spanking, a good leader knows when to get tough. Sometimes that can come across as being a jerk.
originally posted by: Shiloh7
a reply to: FamCore
Point about so-called leaders is that they are usually a figure head. Its really the people just beneath and around them, often in the shadows e.g. advisers who play to the ego of many leaders and actually make the decisions that enable a leader to access the power they use to make the things they want to happen. When we say leaders we rarely mean one individual but normally a group to aid and abet the 'leader', who without them and their helpaid would loose their elevated position.
I can't see anyone without that trait coming to power and being able to maintain it.
I would have to agree; I look at people like Nelson Mandela, who I think was a great leader, and did so without the "meanness".