To study leadership is to study Mankind.
To study mankind is to study the individual; it is the study of myself. To study the psychology of myself is to begin to understand more and more the totality of humanity.
To study the psychology of myself is to begin to understand more and more the totality of humanity.
Leadership stands in relation to both the individual – myself included – and to all of humanity.
But to even state this is to try and simplify very complex ideas. To truly understand the above we must first learn.
Learning is not what we think it is. It is not memorization. It is not creating new models or finding new concepts. It is not taking lessons from the past and applying them to the future. True learning has to be alive.
Also, learning occurs on different levels.
Learning, the higher levels of learning, can only happen in the moment and together. That is, at the higher levels, learning occurs together.
Learning is alive and part of a relatedness, part of a lived experience. And it occurs now.
To learn in this way, the way Socrates taught, requires a different set of capacities than the ones we are used to. It also requires a Guide – someone who’s walked the path and is a little ahead of where we are.
This also is true of leadership.
At the higher levels of leadership, The Good is necessary, as are others, as is myself.
Leadership, therefore, is being in relationship to others, to humanity as a whole, it includes being in relationship to myself, and it includes The Good.
And leadership at the higher levels only happens here and now- outside of concepts, outside of our habitual ways of thinking, outside of our past experiences.
At the higher levels, Leadership is always new and renewing itself in the moment in response to the moment.