The world is always changing. New technologies and new opportunities always arise alongside new troubles and problems. Novelty and stress are two permanent characters in life's theatre although they change their clothes regularly. It's always a good time to learn new skills and take on new challenges, even if the challenge is to rest for a few days. If that feels like a challenge to you then you probably need it. Quality leaders are quite rare in today's society. I can't say for previous times. There are unique qualities that we all look for when considering who we choose to turn to.
Certain things in human behaviour are necessary for leaders to establish themselves. Oppression doesn't work and that's a good thing. Leaders do not rule, they lead. And that requires consent. If a leader walks forward, the crowd walks forward of their own volition. It is often the case that leaders do not ask to be in charge, people just follow them because of their natural leadership behaviour.
Here are some factors that really matter, and will still matter even if computers take over the world.
Abstract thought and the ability to create linear thought from it is what gives us new things. Linear thought is a process of stages, we can only change one at a time. Abstract thought is a process of observation and description. This gives us a much higher mental resolution of a situation and an eye for detail. Creative leadership is an essential skill and tool for handling groups of people who are looking for subtle or not so subtle guidance. Big data computers can look at lots of facts in one go but it's not abstract, it's all unitary information. A grain of sand can be a universe once we stop looking at it with linear thought.
We put our faith in leaders. We trust that they are leading us in the right direction. It's impossible to trust people who do not demonstrate trustworthiness. How can we show that we are trustworthy? It's a matter of example. Always be prepared to answer truthfully and speak without hiding various truths. If it's a trade secret then say so, if it's private information then say no, it's private. Being up-front with people and honest about your well-meaning objectives will gradually earn the trust you deserve. The moment you behave in a way that people do not trust with their own reputation, they will no longer want to follow your example.
We all come from different backgrounds and homes. Our parents got emotional about different things. They all taught us to live life in different ways. When we all meet this can be an issue if it's not respected. It takes a leadership mentality to allow for cultural differences. It's easy to feel the need to judge when we're shocked by a strange behaviour or ideal. We may have heard things about it before. The respect we all deserve becomes essential when this happens. Other people will feel comfortable with you if you show respect in situations where others may have been rude or judgemental. It's fine to ask questions and demonstrate an uneasiness, but remember we are all human and have different ways of doing things. It is better to judge oneself an one's own society than to sniff at the actions of another's.
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