Don't Follow Leaders
We are living in a post-leadership age. We don't need
leaders, not in politics, not in business, not in our professions, not in our
personal lives, and not in our homes. Leadership exists as a mask for the power
hungry, and it is always manipulative and always anti-democratic.
Going further, author Colin Bower contends that the
business leadership industry is comparable with pyramid schemes. He argues that
the strategy of leadership - to
influence people at a subliminal and therefore at an undetectable level - is
fatal to individual autonomy. The so-called virtue of leadership is an
inheritance from militaristic closed societies. It has no role to play in
peace-loving, democratic open societies. Bower recommends that we tell those
who set themselves up as our leaders to get lost. If we do so, he says, we take
the first step toward becoming more authentic people ourselves, and toward
building better and happier societies.
Don't Follow Leaders recognises no political ideology, and brings a
wholly new topic to the global debate about the new kind of world in which we
should want to live.
This is what Prince Mashele, Executive Director off the
Centre for Politics and Research had to say about Bower's book: 'At a time when
South Africa is facing the worst leadership crisis since 1994, Bower opens our
eyes to see politicians as human beings, not as messiahs.'
Stephanie Vermeulen, author of EQ: Emotional Intelligence
for Everyone & Stitched-up: Who fashions women's lives? was similarly
impressed by Bower's thesis and wrote, 'Women striving for equality clamour for
hierarchical positions but intelligence will only triumph when shrewd men and
women initiate a systems overhaul that consigns leadership to the scrapheap of
Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist at The Efficient Group, summarised it all by saying 'This is contrarian Bower at his best.'
If, after reading this book, you'd like to engage
with author Colin Bower he can be reached at
- Title: Don't Follow Leaders
- Author: Colin Bower
- ISBN: 978-1-920154-10-3
- Book specifications: Soft cover, 160 pages, 228 mm x 152 mm, one colour text throughout