New Leadership is Required – again!

“There are a few fertile fields in which there has been a decline of leadership, and in which the new type of leader may find an abundance of opportunity.

First – In the field of politics, there is a most insistent demand for new leaders; a demand which indicates nothing less than an emergency. The majority of politicians have, seemingly, become high-grade legalised racketeers. They have increased taxes and debauched the machinery of industry and business until the people can no longer stand the burden.

Second – the Banking business is undergoing a reform. The leaders in this field have almost entirely lost the confidence of the public. Already the bankers have sensed the need of reform, and they have begun it.

Third – Industry calls for new leaders. The old type of leaders thoughts and moved in terms of dividends instead of thinking an moving in terms of human equations! The future leader in industry, to endure, must regard himself as a quasi-public official whose duty it is to manage his trust in such as a way that it will work hardship on no individual, or group of individuals. Exploitation of working men is a thing of the past. Let that man who aspires to leadership in the field of business, industry and labour remembers this.

Fourth – The religious leader of the future will be forced to give more attention to the temporal needs of his followers, in the solution of their economic and personal problems of the present, and less attention to the dead past and the yet unborn future.

Fifth – In the professions of law, medicine, and education, a new brand of leadership, and to some extent, new leaders will become a necessity. This is especially true in the field of education. The leader is that field must, in the future, find ways and means of teaching people how to apply the knowledge they receive in school. He must deal more with practice and less with theory.

Sixth – New leaders will be required in the field of Journalism. Newspapers of the future, to be conducted successfully, must be divorced from ‘special privilege’ and relieved from the subsidy of advertising. They must cease to be organs of propaganda for the interests which patronise their advertising columns. The type of newspaper which publishes scandal and lewd pictures will eventually go the way of all forces which debauch the human mind.

These are but a few of the fields in which opportunity for new leaders and a new brand of leadership are now available”

So, what do you think – do you agree that everything that I’ve printed above is an accurate reflection of the state of the Britain and the world in 2012?

Your comments are most welcome.

One thing that I should point out though is everything that I have written above is take from the book – “Think and Grow Rich”, written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937!

Isn’t it amazing that history repeats itself time and time again!

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Monthly Book Club – or What I’m reading now…

I’ve always be interested in leadership and what makes a good leader and I was drawn to the book ‘Leading in times of Crisis’ by David L Dotlich, Peter C Cairo and Stephen H Rhinesmith.

The central message is that leadership is reaching an almost impossible level of complexity and recent economic events have created the perfect storm for leaders out there trying to make businesses work. They claim that even the most accomplished leaders are exhausted abd confused by the challenges presented in these turbulent times.

The key to riding the storm is leadership style – the need to be the whole leader – ‘head, heart and guts’.

Their guidance is simple;

1. be clear about what you have the courage to be known for

2. prioritise relationships

3. lead everyone, not just those that report to you

4. be clear about what is important

5. consider the things that are limiting you

The book challenges you to rethink things and for this, it makes a very interesting read.