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originally posted by: SlapMonkey
I think that most great leaders aren't jerks, but most lack the ambition of having the power of a military or a nation behind it, so only the jerks with that type of ambition take it that far.
originally posted by: intrptr
I can't see anyone without that trait coming to power and being able to maintain it.
How do we account for career politicians, then? Hillary, McCain, and ilk never seem to go away, always dancing around the flame in one capacity or another. Always wanting the reins of power, always kissing ass on the way up and manipulating their way, by any means.
Corporate appointed leaders in the USA have no real physical threats hanging over their heads, so in turn, they flog their horses to death, thinking that there will be no physical repercussions.
originally posted by: IridiumFlareMadness
They don't have to be jerks. But generally, you have to be one to get to that position of power.