The problems with individual leadership
Question from the Internet:
If we could pick one person to run the world, who do you think would actually try to make the world a better place and not abuse the power?
What we can observe more and more sharply each day is that individual leadership is not only inefficient and futile but that it is outright harmful.
Whatever we think about ourselves or about our idolized leaders or leader candidates, “power corrupts”. And it is not because some people are worse and easy to corrupt while others are better.
We are all born with an inherently egocentric, self-serving, self-justifying and individualistic nature and we all want to prove ourselves at the expense of others — knowingly or unknowingly. So when anybody reaches a certain level of control over others, one’s ego inevitably starts to “bend”, distort and corrupt that power in each and every case and situation.
Nobody has the ability to control one’s own ego, nobody can draw a line as there is always some great pleasure or attraction that will inevitably corrupt even the “purest” person.
And this has become even more so since we evolved into a globally integrated and fully interdependent world. In this global and integral world, even the purest “saint” would not be able to govern or guide others alone. It comes from the nature of this integrated and interdependent system that all problems are systematic and global and they all require unique teamwork, a purposefully developed “collective viewpoint” and “collective intellect” to understand and solve problems.
So individual leadership is flawed and destructive on many levels. We have reached a state where only collective, positive, mutually responsible and mutually complementing teamwork and cooperation can comprehend, govern and guide anything in this world.