SIX CONSTANTS OF LEADERSHIP
I had lunch with my friend and fellow blogger Dr. Von
in unlovely Schaumburg yesterday and between bites and social chatter, Von did his level best to enlighten me about the finer aspects of network theory
and the discovery of the operation of power law
across different fields. Another topic we touched on was the ideas of the educational and cognitive theorist Howard Gardner
According to Von, who has posted on Gardner's latest book, Gardner posits " Six Constants of Leadership
":1. An Identifiable Story or Message2. Consideration of the Audience3. The Development of an Institutional or Organizational Foundation4. The Embodiment of the Story by the Leader5. The Interplay betwen Direct and Indirect Leadership6. The Issue of Expertise
Dr.Von has an analysis an explanation for each of these "constants
" so I am not going to reinvent the wheel but I was struck at how well Gardner's argument fits in with my call for building " state resilience
" and John Boyd's
constructive concept of having a" Theme for Vitality and Growth"
. If you look at ideas in history that enjoyed explosive growth - Christianity, Islam, Nationalism, Communism, Fascism, Democracy - you see time and again leaders who embody ( or appear to) the the revolutionay qualities they preach and by this synchronicity between message and action, shift cultural paradigms ad spark revolutions.
Moral conflict can change scenarios - not merely battle within them.