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hedgerose

Visionary Leaders

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hedgerose

Inspired by ED in Are We Crazy thread

 

I said that I believed we as a society need more inspirational leaders. Visionaries, people who can see what is needed in the world today, but perhaps more importantly, are able to communicate and influence, and help bring about the changes we need to make in the way we live our lives. I'll s2tart with 3 off the top of my head

I always admired Nelson Mandela, a great man who brought about change in South Africa, going from political prisoner to president.

Greta Thunberg, for her work raising awareness of climate change.

Malala Yousefzai, for her courage in championing female education.

Who do you class a Visionary Leader, and why?

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Stonehugger

I wonder how many people would have mentioned Richard Branson before his Covid-19 government subsidy difficulties severely undermined his reputation. Do we still say "oh look, there's a visionary leader" when we know they're extremely flawed characters? A bit like asking whether Wagner can be admired for being a great composer despite his politics. Also a bit like admiring what big international charities do until they get caught in a sexual abuse or executive pay scandal. Likewise colonialists who struggle to keep their statues in place and vertical as social attitudes change.

I'll cop out. A friend goes on and on about Tara Hamilton Howard, who's CV sounds like Helen Skelton on speed, so she's my nomination. Same friend is also a big Yanis Varoufakis fan.

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Earthdragon
7 hours ago, Stonehugger said:

Do we still say "oh look, there's a visionary leader" when we know they're extremely flawed characters?

Good point.

20 hours ago, hedgerose said:

Who do you class a Visionary Leader, and why?

Setting people up as hero's and role models will have an inevitable danger in the possibility that our views of them can be toppled. Better to have visionary leaders who create a movement for change which is identified separately from their own persona. A grassroots type movement empowers individuals rather than sets them up as beholden to the reputation of a leader.

I'll go for Shiva Ayyadurai as a visionary leader. 

https://shiva4senate.com/

It's actuslly a bit of a shock to me that I have latched onto a political campaign as I gave up on the world of politics quite some time ago - but he does stand for the type of change I think the world needs. A systems biologist with four degrees from MIT, a migrant from Southern India who has researched traditional Indian systems of medicine from a Western systems approach. In his words "providing  real solutions to real problems".

 

 

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Roots

Very much agree with the unique role Greta has taken on leading awareness on the climate emergency. I've never really had much time for mainstream politics but have always admired Caroline Lucas for years. She conducts herself impeccably in the face of much antagonism or ridicule from other MP's.

Perhaps obvious choices given my love and compassion for animals are David Attenborough and Chris Packham for their tireless work and unswerving passion.

 

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Stonehugger
32 minutes ago, Roots said:

David Attenborough and Chris Packham

Both of them, especially Attenborough, being evidence that leaders don't have to have the manner of a sergeant-major stereotype.

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Moonsmith

Long ago, training as a Management Development specialist I was taught that the best leadership is situational.  Someone who does the leadership job, inspires the next leaders and buggers off.

We were shown three categories:-

Structural Leadership.  A leadership position as an established slot within some form of social structure.  A CEO, an HP or a Modron would fit but are very likely to have other one or both of the other leadership characteristics.  All are happily developing their own replacements.

Sapiential Leadership.  Someone who takes the lead, regardless of rank because they are experienced in the particular situation in which the organisation finds itself.  A war leader, someone who comes to the fore in a crisis.  They may or may not adapt once the crisis is over.  Churchill didn't.  Eisenhower did better, De Gaul better still.

A Charismatic leader may not have any expertise in the situation they are leading but they are able to inspire, communicate with (or at worst, manipulate) those whom they are able to impress.  Whatever you may think of the fortyfifth president of the US or the Bullingdon Bottler in No10, they have elements of this form of leadership.  I may not like it but then I am not of their constituency.

John Harvey Jones described a good leader:-

Someone who knows where they are going, can take their people with them and is happy to hand over when necessary whether temporarily or permanently.

I do not trust flash and fireworks leaders.  It wasn't Henry V who went unto the breach, it was the usual cannon fodder.  I'd look for s leader who rolled up their sleeves and found a better way through the walls of Harfleur  or an inovative way over them.  They wouldn't have been personally remarked and neither would their chief engineer but they'd have been my kind of leader.

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Moonsmith

We applaud visionaries whose visions accord with our own.

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Guest Usk
9 hours ago, Earthdragon said:

I'll go for Shiva Ayyadurai as a visionary leader. 

Thank's for this ED.

I particularly appreciate..

Letter to the president

There is always hope.  Cautious optimism is better than none at all.

Once again my thanks. 🙏

 

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Ellinas

The best leaders, seems to me, are hardly noticeable.

Ab tergo ducimus, I believe, translates as "we lead from behind".

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Moonsmith

Others share your opinion.Ellinas.

.... of a good leader, when his work is done, when his aims are fulfilled, men will say, " we did it ourselves."

Lao Tzu    Tao Te Jing

(Gender issues of somewhere about sixth century BCE)

I can go along with that as long as the leader leads by example and carries any and all cans.  

This also means that a charismatic/visionary orator takes responsibility for the actions of the mob who interpret or misinterpret their words. 

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