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Unformatted text preview: some non-relevant distinction. All one has to do is to read of the misfit leaders
England's "best" turned out to be in the early part of the late war to realize how inefficient and untrustworthy
such leadership may be. One meaning of democracy is that no man is a leader by virtue of anything but his
virtues, and that opportunity must be given to the real leader to come into his own.
Leadership means neither selfishness nor altruism, nor does it connote wisdom. A leader may be rankly
egoistic and careless of the welfare of his people--Alexander, Napoleon--or he may be imbued with a mission
which is altruistic but unwise. Such, in my opinion, was Peter the Hermit who started the Crusades. The wise
men of the world lead only indirectly,--by a permeation of their thoughts, slowly, into the thought of the
leaders of the race and from them downwards. Adam Smith exerted a great influence. But how many read his
books? The leaders of thought did, and they extended his teachings into the community, but certainly not as
Adam Smith taught. Christ made an upheaval in Jerusalem and its vicinity; a few leaders taught revisions of
His doctrines, and as the doctrines passed along, they became institutionalized and dogmatized into a total,
made up as much of paganism as of Christ's teachings. It is the tragedy of those whose names exercise
authority in the world that their teachings are often without great influence. For all of Christ's teachings, the
Christian nations plunge into great wars and repudiate His doctrines as applicable neither to industry nor
If the leader needs certain qualities, the follower needs others. He must be capable of attachment to the leader
or his institution; he must possess that quality called loyalty. Loyalty is the transference of the ego-feeling to
the group, an institution or an individual. It has in it perhaps the self-abasement principle of McDougall, but
perhaps it is just as well to say that admiration, respect and confidence are basic in it. Loyalty differs from
love only in that there is a sort of inferiority denoted in the first. If you feel y...
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This note was uploaded on 09/26/2011 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Kannan during the Spring '11 term at Anna University Chennai - Regional Office, Coimbatore.
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