John Holt on Leadership

The opposite of the ‘charisma’ that we hear so much about.

John Holt, Teach Your Own: The John Holt Book Of Homeschooling

Leaders are not what many people think–people with huge crowds following them. Leaders are people who go their own way without caring, or even looking to see whether anyone is following them. “Leadership qualities” are not the qualities that enable people to attract followers, but those that enable them to do without them. The include, at the very least, courage, endurance, patience, humor, flexibility, resourcefulness, determination, a keen sense of reality, and the ability to keep a cool and clear head even when things are going badly. This is the opposite of the “charisma” that we hear so much about.

Good to keep in mind, these days.

via Catarina Fake

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Work ecologist. Founder, Work Futures. The ecology of work and the anthropology of the future.

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