In her opinion piece in the Sunday New York Times on leaders and followers, Susan Cain examines the over-emphasis of "leadership skills" in college admissions, which we can easily see is a troubling trend in society at large and of course, politics. Leadership is more than a talent for speaking, much less for attracting followers. Leadership effectiveness depends on good teams, and while Ms. Cain does not make this distinction, team players are not the same as followers in today's parlance. It's impossible to read Ms. Cain's column without considering the events of this past election cycle, not to mention the first few months of the new administration. It's impossible not to consider how social media consumes our time, shapes our values, and reinforces a set of beliefs … [Read More...]
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