Why Leaderless Groups Go Fascist

Benito Mussolini conciona la folla in Piazza Duomo a Milano, nel maggio 1930-Bundesarchiv, Bild 102-09844 / CC-BY-SA

I recently tweeted that “As long as you advocate leaderless groups, the power-hungry will control you. The answer is more complex.” Asked to provide some more, I figured I’d do it here since it ties into some of the workplace stuff we’ve been talking about (from when Wilfred Brown was MD/CEO of Glacier) and the new model of Evangelical church organization.

I’ve talked about this issue befor…

Strong Pastor vs. Democracy in Christian Church Groups

Church near Junction City, Kansas. c 1942. Vachon, John, photographer. US Library of Congress collection.

The church growth industry has led to the highly effective Mega-church model in the United States but has embraced the (actually) new model of Strong Pastor which has led to absolutist authoritarian leadership within the evangelical church growth movement. An examination by focusing on the Christian Base Communities in the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America. Part of a series on Church Organizational Structure and Democracy.

Lord Acton on Organization

Lord Acton described how leadership changed over time, and explains despotism pretty well. It applies to corporations.

How the Disney World Model Leads to Top-Down Absolute Control

From the Bimbo cartoon “The Bum Bandit” (1931), Fleischer studio- not mickey mouse!

Did the American Evangelical megachurch adopt the unchecked executive model because it wanted to emulate Disney World and its fantasy of American small town life? It’s a charge that’s worth looking at because it can shed some light on this issue. I’m going to be unabashedly churchy in this, so comment if you need a translation of the Evangelical jargon.

In my quest to understand why American…

Integrity Will Get You Promoted, But Limited Vision Will Get You Fired

Traffic signal at Tamil Nadu. (c) 2011 Thamizhpparithi Maari (CC BY SA 3.0)

Elliott Jaques talks about time span of discretion — the time from a decision to when that work decision comes due — as a way to measure how “big” a role is. This is related to your personal time horizon, how far you can think into the future to handle uncertainty and complexity.

Lots of people disagree with it.

What’s interesting is how many CEOs provide support for…

John C. Maxwell on Requisite Leadership (Requisite Organization)

Space Shuttle Atlantis is seen as it launches from pad 39A on Friday, July 8, 2011, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

John C. Maxwell provides a great explanation, albeit unknowingly, of what we call “The Theory of Real Boss” in “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership”.

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