One of the perpetual issues in the system is that of leadership development and the good friend who scolds me behind the scenes when I go long between posts has this issue often on his mind. So, good friend, here is a post in which we can discuss leadership.
Leadership is one of those things we mostly all yearn for but, like other nearly-universal human hungers, we may disagree on what kind of monkey we want to be satisfied by. In a system in which power, control and sovereignty are the largest common currency, leadership generally may even be dangerous. I suspect some would say we don't produce enough leaders to meet demand and Tom Pomerantz' touring schedule supports that position. Others argue that we are producing plenty of leaders in the form of plain-spoken clients and uncomfortably empowered family members (cf. Stanley) but that these leaders are A) Too locally focused and personally interested to lead in harmony; B) Not listened to; and/or C) adorable but hardly authoritative.
If you all are waiting for me to say something smart about leadership, that had also been my hope but I think I'd best turn the floor over. Here are some questions:
1. Do we need more leaders?
2. Can we develop leaders without indoctrinating them? And if not is it leadership we're developing?
3. Do you agree with Voltaire who is often quoted saying he would rather obey one lion than 200 rats?
4. If herding cats is the paragon of leadership in chaos, what is being herded by a herd of cats the paragon of?