Are we lacking enough people who are leaders OR do we refuse to blindly
follow leaders. That was my point with Hitler. People followed him without
questioning what the outcome of his policies would be. People are more
cautious about choosing leaders. This has good and bad consequences. I
think we need to develop leadership that is more "local" and we want
leaders we can feel a personal connection to. This would support Peter's
idea that we need more leaders today. Yet I am still left with the
question can you teach someone how to be a leader?
Let me come up with some untestable attributions (unless we ask Peter Drucker
I guess Drucker's message is mostly in the second part of what I freely
quoted. I believe he simply meant that our leadership needs are by very
far a lot greater today than they have been in the past. A system existed
that was mostly sufficient to produce enough leaders, and it took
centuries, milleniums to build that system (which was not perfect). In a
matter of a few years, that system became insufficient, and we still
haven't found something to do the work. To me, an excellent illustration
of this is the low popularity of governments all over the (western?)
world... Another illustration would be all the energy we're putting today
to develop more leaders and to discuss how to teach leadership...
Let me also comment on your reference to Hitler. A lot of people in
Germany would not have chosen Hitler as a leader if they had known...
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