Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Born Leaders

Something happening in Iraq points out the problem with installing or electing artificial leaders.
Sadr Seeks Iraq National Unity—Against U.S.

As elected leaders struggle to compromise, the radical cleric works the consensus on the streets.

With rewards or punishments, a leader can hold a position in politics, a corporation, a street gang or a religion. But the people know. They are drawn to and trust natural born leaders. These people have a charisma and gravitas that makes them magnetic to followers.

At this point it is likely the US would best be served by trying to work with al-Sadr because he will be a force to be reckoned with one way or another.


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