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The Dangers of Leadership

Here is a collection of quotes on the dangers of power... and misusing and abusing it. These are thoughts from some of the great leaders of history, as well as philosophers and historians. Look them over... which ones hit you most?


Nature has left this tincture in the blood, That all men would be tyrants if they could.  Daniel Defoe

Always be slightly wary of people in positions of power, but be especially wary when that person in power is yourself. Mardy Grothe

Those who have more power Are liable to sin more; no theorem in geometry is more certain than this.  Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz

Signs of Danger for Leaders


Leaders, Fools and Impostors: Essays on the Psychology of Leadership.
That is the name of a short and excellent book by Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries. Manfred is a Dutch psychotherapist, leadership consultant, who is simply brilliant. While I can't say that I follow (or understand) the Freudian origins of the leadership dysfunctions he discusses, when it comes to describing the nature and experience of those dysfunctions - he is EXCELLENT.

Manfred deals with issues of power, authority, control, fear, loss, sexuality, hubris, isolation, emotional nullness (Alexithymia - your new word for the day, I am sure!), narcissism and more. Late in his book he lists the warning signs that a leader is no longer managing the balancing act and is skirting with danger (and disaster). Here are some of the signs he lists.

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