Blind Höna

Sedan 2001

Fungerande organisationer vs ledarmord

5 januari 2020 | Ingen har kommenterat än

Cynikern och radikalen Ian Welsh har en del intressanta tankar om ”ledarskap” – med anledning av USAs fjärravrättningar:

”The assassination strategy the US pursues is interesting, not in what it says about the US’s foes, but what it says about the US’s leaders. Al-Qaeda’s ”#2” man has been “killed” so often that it’s a running joke, and Taliban leadership is regularly killed by assassination. Bush did this, Obama really, really did this. Probably a lot of these stories are BS, but it’s probably safe to assume that a lot of leadership has been killed.

The Taliban is still kicking the coalition’s ass.

Leadership isn’t as big a deal as people make it out to be, IF you have a vibrant organization in which people believe. New people step up, and they’re competent enough. Genius leadership is very rare, and a good organization doesn’t need it, though it’s welcome when it exists. As long as the organization knows what it’s supposed to do (kick Americans out of Afghanistan), and everyone’s motivated to do that, leadership doesn’t need to be especially great, but it will be generally competent, because the people in the organization will make it so.

So American leaders, in specific, and Westerners, in general, think that organizations will fall apart if the very small number of people who can actually lead, stop leading. But that’s because they think that leading the Taliban, say, is like leading an American company or the American government. (…)

Functioning organizations aren’t like that. They suck leadership upwards. Virtually everyone is being groomed for leadership and is ready for leadership. They believe in the cause, they know what to do, they’re involved. (..)

So Obama kills and kills and kills and somehow the Taliban is still kicking his ass. Al-Qaeda, in whatever country you care to name, has its #2 killed every few weeks, and somehow there’s always another one. Because these people believe. There’s always another believer, if it’s a functioning organization, so on it goes.

Å andra sidan, om amerikanska/västerländska organisationer:

American leaders are obsessed with leadership because they lead organizations in whose goals no one believes. Or rather, they lead organizations for whom everyone knows the leadership doesn’t believe in its ostensible goals. Schools are led by people who hate teachers and want to privatize schools to make profit. The US is led by men who don’t believe in the Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Police are led by men who think their jobs are to protect the few and beat down the many, not to protect and serve. Corporations make fancy mission statements and talk about valuing employees and customers, but they just want to make a buck and will fuck anyone, employee or customer, below the c-suite.”

Texten Why US Leadership Stinks and Drone Assassination Doesn’t Matter (Leadership in Organizations People Believe In) publicerades första gången 11 sep 2012, och igen 13 aug 2018, och igen 4 jan 2020 – ”because of Qasem’s assassination”.

Mer: Assassination Works Only Under Two Circumstances (Ian Welsh, 1 nov 2017).



Om Blind Höna

Bloggen Blind Höna startade 2001 på adressen Nu har den flyttat hemifrån till en egen adress. Men det är samma blogg.

Min bok "Jävla skitsystem!" har en egen blogg på