The Job of a Leader 2 replies

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#1 10 years ago

So, here is something that just randomly popped into my head. What is the job of a leader?

Is it to do what is best for the people they lead? or...

Is it to do what the people they lead ask?

The reason I ask this is that, of course, sometimes people really don't know what is best for them. So should people elect leaders who are intelligent and forecful and will do what is best for them, or should they elect people who they can relate to more and will always do what they request, but who maybe don't have the same level of education or character?

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#2 10 years ago

Leadership is the process of influencing people by providing them with purpose, directions and motivation while you are operating to accomplish a mission or improve an organization.

A leader is anyone who, by virtue of assumed roles or assigned responsibility, inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals. Leaders motivate people to pursue actions, focus thinking, and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization.

"Leadership: The art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it."

Is it to do what is best for the people they lead? or... Is it to do what the people they lead ask?

This has absolutely nothing to do with being a leader, and everything to do with being a doer. Managing and leading is not the same. Power does not make you a leader, it makes you the boss.

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#3 10 years ago

I'd always go for the person who knows what he or she is doing. That being said, I don't trust anyone who is in power because they have quite a motivation to do anything to stay in power. So that's why I prefer multiple leaders instead of just one.

Democracy is a good idea, but the average Joe simply doesn't know enough about macroecnomics as that he could be trusted with decisions that influence the economy. In such cases the person with the best qualification should be selected, not the person who tries to win a popularity-contest.