December 08, 2006

leader vs dictator / leader vs crisis.

From my point of view, general leader is far from being called dictator. Only those who are very powerful leaders, no matter either personal power or positional power they have, could be mentioned to be compared with dictator. Subconsciously, every one want to be a dictator, as people like the feeling of owning the unlimited power to order or control others, it mignt be seen as one of the basic instinct of animal. It is very hard to self control 1oo percent, I believe that the external monitoring and restricting is most important to keep a great leader away from a dangerous dictator.

I totally agree with other classmates opinion presented in session. Additionally, I got other opion on it. When we talk about crisis,fist of all, it should be divided into two category, one is unforeseenable, another is foreseenable. Facing the crisis that could be estimated beforehand , a qualified leader should have the ability to realize what are the trouble they are experiencing and find out the root cause under the surface, make some changes to turn it around before it becomes a real crisis and prepare a plan of how to survive assuming that the crisis actually happens. When it comes to unforeseenalbe crisis, a effective leader is expected to identify the current state, check what resouce can be used, and make a right decision as soon as possible.


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  1. Paul Roberts

    An intersting thought that everyone really wants to be a dictator, that everyone wants to control other people. It is a theory. Like any theory, it takes only one instance to disprove it no matter how many times the theory has been shown to be true. So perhaps the next step is to examine leaders who have unlimited power and determine if they are all dictators. Does someone like Gandhi disprove te theory?

    From a personal point of view as a one-time military leader, I had a lot of power in certain sitations. However, I was never tempted to abuse that power or even behave autocratically. My thoughts on this are that if you are extremely autocratic, people are likely to respond with the minimum effort necessary to achieve compliance. The do not wish to anger the leader/dictator. However, if as leader you want more than this (70%) level of output, this extra effort above mere compliance has to be given voluntarily by the followers. I think that this requires a different approach to leadership in which the followers are respected as individuals contributing to a team effort. Extraordinary effort from followers indicates that they are committed to the shared goals and hence the leader’s vision.

    08 Dec 2006, 10:47

  2. They do say that there is a dark side in anyone and anyone is a potential murderer, thief or has potential to do some other foul deed. But, if the only thing keeping us from doing it is the punishment we might receive, then what does that tell us? That in a world of no laws we would just go around killing people? Just because noone would put us to jail? I do not believe that inner peace comes from doing what others want you to or from not doing the things others don’t want you to. It comes from doing what YOU think is right, and personal values are not shaped only by the external environment.

    Long story short – not sure a great leader would become a dictator in an absence of external pressure – especially that of monitoring and restricting. Great leaders are not a ticking time bomb, watched closely by the followers and checking it every few hours to se if it is still silent or it might explode. They have an inner set of moral values or principles that make them behave the way they do – and these principles are the “police” for their actions – however, they do not come from the outside, but from within the person.

    09 Dec 2006, 21:32

  3. very interesting reflection. i think in china we call this ‘the law school thought’. it has always been a big debate over last 3000 years with ‘Confucius school’. whether human are born with evil or kindness. i still belive people are born with kindness. the reason make someone a dictator is the misunderstanding of leadership. is the true leaders lead the bodys or the souls or the system?.....

    11 Dec 2006, 22:53


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