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Why “Leadership” Is OverratedNow, before the complaint is you have NO idea what you’re talking about and saying thatleadership is overrated is asinine. One major objective I’m trying to achieve is to captureyour attention and if you continue to read this article…1st objective accomplished.Advocating that “Leadership” is not important is indeed absurd however how leadershipis implemented during these times has to be re-examined. The days of one personscreaming orders from the mountaintop and requiring those to follow is no longer theplaybook or….acceptable. With the advent of various technological outlets people findtheir leadership and/or direction thru many different facets (i.e. facebook, twitter,youtube, etc etc), and often times it’s not clear where the true leadership is coming from.Recently there was a major crisis in Cairo Egypt where the masses stood up against adictatorship and the perceived credit appeared to be awarded to “Facebook” as thereservoir for gathering the dissent and organization. While the CEO of facebook has beenadorned and praised for his company’s involvement in the crisis are we sure that his soleleadership was responsible for the immediate success of the Cairo, Egypt crisis? Or was itthe “Consensus” effort that positively impacted the crisis? Some have even said that itwas the effort of an IT executive from facebook that choreographed the uprising. Thepoint here is that “Leadership” can be vague at best and to say that leadership has tocome from one person or even one entity is no longer popular science. Gatheringconsensus, feedback, empowering others to help in the “Leadership Process” can beestablished by “a person” now whether we call that person a “Leader” for building theconsensus is up to debate…but it’s clear that the decision to act is from the consensus orcollective. Today’s true leader whether it’s leading a country or corporation has to behumbled enough to know that true “Leadership” comes from the input/consensus/groupthink of others and that the “One-Man” directional approach is no longer effective (i.e.country dictatorships are now being overthrown).People are becoming more weary of just listening to one voice for their direction/information and challenging the status quo is becoming the norm. Sure everyone has theirfavorite news medium that they follow each day, however there is a push to explore bothsides of an issue which is not only prudent….but intelligent. The old saying that peopleare “sheep” in some cases is still true but that sentiment is changing because of how weare now evaluating our “Leaders” and observing the obvious flaws that come from oneform of thinking and thought.My title “Why Leadership Is Overrated” was indeed an attempt to get your attention,however I’d like for you to rethink how you look at “Leadership” in it’s true essence andthen when can come to a “Consensus” (see how I’m implementing the word) how weevaluate “Leadership” in our so-called leaders and continuing moving progress forward. By Andre Harrell (Vice President Sales & Marketing Operations) http://aharrell2000.wordpress.com/ http://www.linkedin.com/pub/andre-harrell/5/13/382