Ambivalent About Power

Benazir Bhutto quote, power has made me suffer

Power has made me suffer too much. In reality I'm ambivalent about it. It interests me because it makes it possible to change things. But it's left me with a bitter taste. Benazir Bhutto

Benazir Bhutto was a remarkable leader in Pakistan. She was remarkable for many reasons, but high on that list is that she was a woman in a male dominated society. She was a global citizen living in a nation dominated by religious sectarianism. She was an advocate for progress when her adversaries wanted to regress to an oppressive status quo against civil rights. For an overview of Benazir, you can read this article. For a longer article read the Wikipedia entry.

Two Images of Leadership: Which One Is Your Way?

Here are the images. I am sure you will see my bias from the beginning. Take a look at the images. What do you see going on? What is happening? What style of leadership is represented? What kind of leadership do you admire? Which one is most descriptive of the way you lead?

disconnected leadership or leadership out in front of the crowd  what do you see

true leadership the power of inclusion, language, shared values, consensus, coalition

The first image could be that of the visionary, stand out in front of the followers kind of leader that is so often admired (as well as resented) in our culture today. It can also be the leader who is aloof, disconnected, isolated... and perhaps the authoritative leader.

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