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Let the Dalai Lama go home
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, celebrated his 83rd birthday last week. What a wonderful gift it would be if China would treat the Tibetan people with the dignity and respect they deserve, and let the Dalai Lama go home to Tibet, whether to visit or to stay.Before the Dalai Lama could finish his education, he was called to assume the leadership of his people, after China’s invasion of Tibet, in 1950. He worked to preserve Tibetan autonomy and culture, until years of growing resentment against restrictions imposed by the Chinese Communists led to a full-scale revolt in March 1959. As the uprising was crushed by Chinese troops, the Dalai Lama was forced to flee, and he eventually settled in Dharamsala, in northern India.Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms, “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”
leaders  China  geopolitics  Tibet 
3 days ago by thomas.kochi
The sphinx without a riddle and other lethal political put-downs
Former Tory special adviser Dominic Cummings this week gave a masterclass in how not to promote the policies and prospects of his old boss and hero, Michael Gove. But his interview with the Times – a diatribe against lesser mortals – contained one lethal jibe that may stick. He applied Bismarck's description of the hapless French emperor Napoleon III ("a sphinx without a riddle") to David Cameron. The PM is a lightweight surrounded by third-rate toadies; that was the message.One-liners have to fit the personality to work, preferably to sum it up. Benjamin Disraeli's insults were silkier. Of his great Liberal rival, the pious William Gladstone, he said he had "not one redeeming defect". Winston Churchill said of his own rival, Clement Attlee, that he was a "modest little man with much to be modest about". Attlee's pithy verdict on the man he beat in two elections was "50% genius, 50% bloody fool". Not as snappy as Churchill on Labour's renegade. Ramsay MacDonald: "A boneless wonder." Harsh, but fair.
Guardian  usage  leaders  politics 
8 days ago by thomas.kochi
One day at a time: Brexit the Theresa May way
To detractors, she is a “sphinx without a riddle.” To supporters she is resilient and determined. One thing is uncontested: as top ministers resign from her government and Brexit looms closer, Theresa May has one of the toughest jobs in Europe.
leaders  Britain  persons  usage 
8 days ago by thomas.kochi
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16 days ago by jhill5
Exploring the dark side of leadership - The Globe and Mail
UPDATED MAY 12, 2018

The first three characteristics of this dark side are commonly referred to as the Dark Triad. ....overconfidence can be the fourth characteristic, leading to a dark square of leadership.

Machiavellianism - characterized by manipulative tactics, a pessimistic view of humanity and an emphasis on efficiency over moral principles.... individuals who exhibit Machiavellianism will lie, manipulate and exploit others to get their way.

Psychopathy - not just a characteristic of serial killers. Individuals high on psychopathy have poor impulse control, show little remorse for others, including individuals they harm, and lack concern for the morality of their actions. They use threats and hard tactics in the workplace to gain status and get ahead.

Narcissism - have extremely inflated views of themselves, with grandiose plans for their future.

Overconfidence - "Act as if you have unmatched confidence and then people will surely have confidence in you," says Jordan Belfort in his book The Wolf of Wall Street. This is sad but true. Individuals who exemplify overconfidence are better able to influence others and gain their trust.

So, what is an organization to do about the dark side of leadership? Those who are passionate about leadership must shine a light on the dark side.

The bright side of leadership: Humility -- "an interpersonal characteristic that emerges in social contexts that connotes (a) a manifested willingness to view oneself accurately, (b) displayed appreciation of others' strengths and contributions, and (c) teachability." Leaders with greater humility are better able to deal with the realities of the modern economy such as shocks, rapid technological advances and uncertain demand. On the strategic side, humble leaders will be less overconfident and risky.
leadership  dark_side  humility  leaders  ethical  Niccolo_Machiavelli 
20 days ago by jerryking
Opinion | The Man Who Changed the World, Twice - The New York Times
This column is about a man who changed the world, at least twice. I want to focus less on the impact of his work, which is all around us, and more on how he did it, because he’s a model of how you do social change. Stewart Brand was born in Rockford, Ill.
socialjustice  community  leaders  innovation 
10 weeks ago by marshallk

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