A New Kind of Social Science

Vladimir Dimitrov

University of Western Sydney














Chapter 10. (part)

 Dynamics of Leadership

10.1 Introduction

The topic of leadership is discussed in the literature under many names: classical leadership, progressive leadership, visionary leadership, transformative leadership, innovative leadership, imaginative leaders, leadership under uncertainty, leadership under risk, leadership at the edge of chaos, creative leadership, emergent leadership, inspirational leadership, ethical leadership, self-leadership, etc. Most of the researchers agree on one major difference between managers and leaders: the former are involved in solving organizational problems, while the latter seek possibilities to dissolve (go beyond, transcend) them.

Why does the topic of leadership attract so much attention? Is leadership vital for the existence of human society? Or it is the memory of our herd-like life as primates – a memory possibly ingrained in the unconscious of our psyche - that makes us need ‘shepherds’? Or a subconscious reminiscence of the earliest years of our childhood when each of us was depending on the ‘leadership’ of those who took care for us? Or it might be the thirst for power that becomes so unbearably strong in some individuals (groups, organisations) that they cannot help but persistently seeking to guide (direct, lead, instruct) other people?

As long as we differ in our capacity to

 understand and deal with dynamic complexity of life;

• ‘sense’ and cope with various kinds of emergent phenomena, be they natural or human-created;
• be aware of and learn to control dynamics of our nature - our emotions and desires, cravings and passions, ideas and realizations;
• experience and understand the self-organizing drive of existential dynamics as projected onto one’s individuality;
• learn to discover and connect with the centre sustaining both the integrity and self-organization drive of existential dynamics;
• be responsible and accountable for our thoughts, words, and deeds;
• seek for spiritual roots of one’s own decisions and actions;
• communicate, participate in dialogues and negotiations, seek mutual understanding and consensus;
• master the synergy between reason and intuition, feelings and will, endeavours and actions;
• perform and play roles, express emotions, sense of humour, compassion, and readiness to help others,

there will be leaders in society.

10.2.1 Oppressive Hierarchical Structures

In every society ruled by money the minds of the majority are controlled by the social elite trough media manipulation and disinformation (as in the Western type of democracies) or through outright oppression and depravity (as in the countries with totalitarian regimes).

Hierarchical structures of the capitalist society are designed to financially suppress the largest part of society. We are forced to ‘voluntarily’ choose to work all our lives in order to support the superior life style of a small fraction of society exercising their control by means of presidents, prime ministers, dictators, ‘freely’ elected governments and parliaments, equipped with a heavy machinery for generating and sustaining power - armies, police, intelligence agencies, media, technology, science, and a monstrous system of economic, financial, legal, medical, educational, cultural, and other social institutions.

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