Is leadership working in our cultures?
April 6, 2010 by The Journey man
After taking a moment to have a look at Leo Salazar‘s video compilation which looked at Dutch leadership and society from various perspectives, Dutch and non-Dutch and about what we could learn from each other, I came away with a few questions of my own, one of which stemmed around the general leadership capabilities of individual members to actually lead. Is it the loudest person instantly becomes the leader of the pack and subsequently takes forward the mantle to change their culture as leader or is there a secret selection process that appoints leaders into their positions of expectant wisdom. Further more once the leader is selected is there a continued development of their skills or is it deemed they no longer need to partake in such menial tasks as personal development due to their status within their cultural environment.
I pondered these thoughts more so as I watched the end of this video compilation where very articulate, well presented individuals informed viewers that one of the reasons why the Dutch leadership culture was something to aspire to was that they had discussions on the way forward, believed that each individual was a leader in their own right and that their process was by no means perfect. They stated change and leadership can be developed by the every day person (if they believe it so).
It is here that I pose another question, if each and every one of us is a leader in our own right (if we believe it so), why do we need to appoint a sole leader at all?