Rebellious leadership

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Rebellious leadership

  1. 1. Santa Clarita Valley Jaycees March 31, 2011Alan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC
  2. 2. • Introduction • Academic Theories of  Definition of Rebel Rebellion  Cycles of Growth and Change  Handbook of Political Sociology• A Portrait of Rebellious  American Literature Leaders  Eastern Philosophy  Renowned • Practical Application  Controversial  The Contrarian Perspective• From Loyalist to Rebel  Discipline and Responsibility  Education  Generally Speaking  Purpose  Personal Experience  Balance • Discussion SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIP Alan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 2
  3. 3. • Who and What is a “Rebel Leader”• Why is rebelliousness good for progress?• How do we become rebel leaders for the greater good?SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 3
  4. 4. Synonymsre·bel • Insurgentintr.v. re·belled, re·bel·ling, re·bels • Protester1. To refuse allegiance to and oppose • Mutineer by force an established government • Objector or ruling authority. • Campaigner2. To resist or defy an authority or a • Agitator generally accepted convention. • Radical3. To feel or express strong • Dissenter unwillingness or repugnance. • Maverickn. reb·el • Renegade1. One who rebels or is in rebellion. • Iconoclast2. A Confederate soldier. • NonconformistSCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 4
  5. 5. Adj. 1. rebellious - resisting control orauthority; "a rebellious crew"insubordinate - not submissive to authority; Synonyms"a history of insubordinate behavior" • Defiant 2. rebellious - discontented as toward • Resistantauthority • Obstinatedisaffected, ill-affected, malcontent • Revolutionary • Disaffecteddiscontent, discontented - showing orexperiencing dissatisfaction or restless • Disobedientlonging; "saw many discontent faces in the • Insubordinateroom"; "was discontented with his position" 3. rebellious - participating in organizedresistance to a constituted government; "therebelling confederacy"SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 5
  6. 6. A rebel is distinguished from an outsider. An outsider isone who is excluded from a group whereas a rebel goesagainst it. Also, a rebels potential to overthrow theleadership is recognized and substantial, unless therebellion is crushed, whereas an outsider has beenmarginalized and is considered to be degenerate.SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 6
  7. 7. To understand why rebel leaders are important, we must first have an understanding of the cycles of growth and change within an institution. Rebel leadership is needed to overcome “cusps”. Also critical in leading the fight against tyranny. = Point of (R)evolutionSCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 7
  8. 8. Renowned Controversial• Moses • Genghis Khan• Jesus / Buddha • Simon Bolivar• Spartacus • Pancho Villa• Socrates • Che Guevara• Galileo • Ho Chi Minh• Martin Luther • Malcolm X• Joan of Ark • Bob Marley• Founding Fathers• Gandhi Fictional• Rosa Parks • Mr. Smith (Goes to Washington)• Dr. Martin Luther King • James Dean• Edward R. Murrow • Luke Skywalker• Nelson Mandela • Kuato (Total Recall)SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 8
  9. 9. • Participated in the American Revolution by signing the Declaration of Independence and framing the Constitution. • Consisted of politicians, jurists, statesmen, soldiers, diplomats, and ordinary citizens. • On the whole they were less wealthy than the Loyalists. • Had strong educational backgrounds. • Were considered dissidents and terrorists by the established authorities.SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 9
  10. 10. • African-American Muslim minister, public speaker, and human rights activist. • Rose up through the ranks of the Nation of Islam. • Eventually found himself at odds with the Nation of Islam, which caused his assassination. • Malcolm X disagreed with the hypocrisy of the organizations leader, and became more extreme than was thought politically correct.SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 10
  11. 11. • Pivotal leader in the Rebel Alliance’s struggle against the Galactic Empire. • “…the young man, called to adventure, the hero going out facing the trials and ordeals, and coming back after his victory with a boon for the community.” ~Joseph Campbell • Outmanned and outgunned. • Destroys the Death Star. • Compels his father (Darth Vadar) who had turned to the dark side to kill the emperor in order to save him.SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 11
  12. 12. Generally Speaking • Brought up believing in the institution (e.g. government, religion, society, etc.) • Gives up freedom for the benefit of the institution • Is embattled and discontent • Becomes educated • Challenges the current norm • Persists • Eventually engenders significant positive changeSCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 12
  13. 13. Personal Experience • Dedicated servant and leader • Corporate Rules & Micromanagers • Capitalist Greed and the “Me Generation” • Life energy drained for others gain • Life and energy are finite for everyone (we’re all equal in death, why not in life?) • Spend my life and my energy on my own terms • Independent practitioner (“free agent”) • Scarcity, trade-offs, freedom to failSCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 13
  14. 14. The Hanbook of Political SociologyS. 1 – Rulemaking, Rulebreaking, and PowerS. 3 – Conflict Theories…S. 10 – Money, Participation, and Votes; Social Cleavages and Electoral PoliticsS. 15 – Corporate Control, Interfirm Relations, and Corporate PowerS. 16 – Social Movements and Social ChangeS. 20 – Revolutions and Revolutionary MovementsAmerican Literature Eastern PhilosophyBenjamin Franklin BuddhismThomas Paine TaoismJohn AdamsThomas JeffersonSCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 14
  15. 15. Hanbook of Political SociologyS. 1 – Rulemaking, Rulebreaking, and Power “…just as rule making is a strategy for domination, so is rule breaking a strategy in challenge to domination.” “ – every actor confronts the social constructions imposed by other actors, including collective and institutionalized constructions, as an exterior and constraining force.” “ – power rests on attributes or things such as personal skills, technical expertise, money or the control of opportunities to make money, prestige or access to prestige, number of people, or the capacity to mobilize numbers of people.” “ – power [is] an attribute not of social actors but of relationships. Power resides in the dependence that one actor has on another in social relationships.” “…people must recognize their potential power before they can act on it.”SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 15
  16. 16. The Hanbook of Political SociologyS. 20 – Revolutions and Revolutionary Movements “A revolutionary movement may be defined as that type of social movement which attempts to overthrow, supplant, and/or fundamentally transform… power.” “The prevalence of poverty and other social problems is precisely why extraparliamentary movements for social justice so often arises in democratic contexts. These movements, however, almost always view the state as an instrument to be pressured and influenced, not as something to be seized or smashed.” “A new era of widespread revolutionary conflict will surely dawn…if the most recent wave of democratization dramatically recedes.”SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 16
  17. 17. American LiteratureThomas Paine “He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyranny has a better title to Defender of the Faith…” “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 17
  18. 18. American LiteratureThomas Jefferson “All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” “I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.“SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 18
  19. 19. Eastern PhilosophyBuddhism “[Mara is] the one who rules events connected with a life of passion… who hates the very thought of freedom. He had with him his three sons – Agitation, Mania, and Sullen Pride – and his three daughters – Discontent, Excitement, and Craving.” “Impermanent are all formations. Observe this carefully and constantly.” “On lifes journey - Faith is nourishment, Virtuous deeds are a shelter, Wisdom is the light by day and Right mindfulness is the protection by night. If a man lives a pure life nothing can destroy him; If he has conquered greed nothing can limit his freedom.”SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 19
  20. 20. Eastern PhilosophyTaoism “The Master sees things as they are, without trying to control them. She lets them go their own way…” “If you want to be a great leader… Stop trying to control. Let go of fixed plans and concepts, and the world will govern itself.” “If you want to govern the people, you must place yourself below them. If you want to lead the people, you must learn to follow them.”SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 20
  21. 21.  The Contrarian Perspective  Discipline and Responsibility  Education  Purpose  BalanceSCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 21
  22. 22.  “A person who takes an opposing view, especially one who rejects the majority opinion...”  “Contrary to popular belief…”  Do your due diligence!SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 22
  23. 23. “We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason, ifwe dig deep into our own history and our doctrine andremember that we are not descended from fearful men,not men who feared to write, to speak, to associate, andto defend causes which were for the moment unpopular.” ~Edward R. MurrowSCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 23
  24. 24.  Discipline: Leadership is not passive. It is active. By raising the bar on yourself, you must be, know, and do. This requires practice, which requires discipline.  Responsibility: Without taking ownership in your own actions, you will not be able to demonstrate the merit of your position. Particularly if its contrarian.SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 24
  25. 25.  Knowledge is power.  Provide the basis for assertions.  Credibility.SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 25
  26. 26.  Purpose is a result, end, mean, aim, or goal of an action intentionally undertaken.  Rebellion without purpose is “dissidence”.  Purpose gives meaning and vision… a reason for rebellion.SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 26
  27. 27.  “The only extreme one should pursue is extreme balance.” ~ Dale Smith, Professor of Sociology, College of the Canyons  Apply the right approach. Rebellion does not have to mean the toppling of an institution, but rather significant positive reform.  Be a “Change Agent”SCV Jaycees | March 31, 2011 REBELLIOUS LEADERSHIPAlan D. Lewis II | Principal | Stonecutter Group, LLC Slide 27
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