Two hundred years ago, Alexander Hamilton was mortally wounded by then Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel at Weehawken, New Jersey. Their conflict, stemming from essays Hamilton had penned against Burr, was an episode in a larger clash between two political ideologies: that of Thomas Jefferson and the anti-Federalists, who argued for an agrarian economy and a weak central government, versus that of Hamilton and the Federalists, who championed a strong central state and an industrial economy.In the American political imagination, Jefferson is rural, idealistic and democratic, while Hamilton is urban, pessimistic and authoritarian. So, too, on the US left, where Jefferson gets the better billing. Michael Hardt recently edited a sheaf of Jefferson’s writings for the left publisher Verso.Reading “Jefferson beyond Jefferson,” Hardt casts him as a theorist of “revolutionary transition.” We like Jefferson’s stirring words about “the tree of liberty” occasionally needing “the blood of patriots and tyrants,” and his worldview fits comfortably with a “small is beautiful” style localism. We recall Jefferson as a great democrat. When Tea Partiers echo his rhetoric, we dismiss it as a lamentable misunderstanding.But in reality, Jefferson represented the most backward and fundamentally reactionary sector of the economy: large, patrimonial, slave-owning, agrarian elites who exported primary commodities and imported finished manufactured goods from Europe. He was a fabulously wealthy planter who lived in luxury paid for by slave labor. Worse yet, he raised slaves specifically for sale.“I consider the labor of a breeding woman,” Jefferson wrote, “as no object, and that a child raised every 2 years is of more profit than the crop of the best laboring man.”Even if it could somehow be dislodged from the institution of slavery, Jefferson’s vision of a weak government and an export-based agrarian economy would have been the path of political fragmentation and economic underdevelopment. His romantic notions were a veil behind which lay ossified privilege.Hamilton was alone among the “founding fathers” in understanding that the world was witnessing two revolutions simultaneously. One was the political transformation, embodied in the rise of republican government. The other was the economic rise of modern capitalism, with its globalizing networks of production, trade and finance. Hamilton grasped the epochal importance of applied science and machinery as forces of production.In the face of these changes, Hamilton created (and largely executed) a plan for government-led economic development along lines that would be followed in more recent times by many countries (particularly in East Asia) that have undergone rapid industrialization. His political mission was to create a state that could facilitate, encourage and guide the process of economic change — a policy also known as dirigisme, although the expression never entered the American political lexicon the way its antonym, laissez-faire, did.To be sure, Hamilton was living in the era of “bourgeois” revolutions and the state he was building was a capitalist state, complete with the oppressive apparatus that always involves. Hamilton did not oppose exploitation. Like most people of his age, he saw child labor as normal and defended the rights of creditors over debtors. But regarding slavery, he firmly and consistently opposed it and was a founder of the Society for Manumission of Slaves. It was Hamilton — not Jefferson — who had the more progressive vision.Even today, Hamilton’s ideas about state-led industrialization offer much. Consider the crisis of climate change. Alas, we do not have the luxury of making this an agenda item for our future post-capitalist assembly. Facing up to it demands getting off fossil fuels in a very short time frame. That requires a massive and immediate industrial transformation, which must be undertaken using the actually existing states and economies currently on hand. Such a project can only be led by the state — an institution that Hamilton’s writing and life’s work helps us to rethink.Unfortunately, many environmental activists today instinctively avoid the state. They see government as part of the problem — as it undoubtedly is — but never as part of the solution. They do not seek to confront, reshape and use state power; the idea of calling for regulation and public ownership, makes them uncomfortable.And so green activism too often embodies the legacy of Jefferson’s antigovernment politics. It hinges on transforming individual behavior, or on making appeals to “corporate social responsibility.”Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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The Founders are so interesting and eccentric, but the gave us a solid foundation for governance and leadership.
By: Scott Davis Business Analyst, Pearson It is often quite difficult to relate inputs to outcomes in the world of education. Traditionally, much work has been done to develop and provide inputs into the process of education.
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Identifying a learning objective is synonymous with identifying strategic objectives in organizations. Leaders. Should always have a purpose and outcome to influence people to achieve the outcome.
Indian Express Remarks by President Obama and President Ilves of Estonia in Joint Press ...
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Each day the President does his job with thousands, if not millions, of critics telling him what to do, how to do it, and that he was wrong. Each day he does his job. He leads! Whether I agree with his decisions or not, he leads. Along the way, he inspires, helps, and changes the world as best he can for the betterment of the world. Every POTUS deserves our support and our ideas to make America and the world a better place. This does not mean blind obedience. Everyday leadership means being a good citizen through engagement, participation, and being part of solutions. Everyday leadership is never about being a critic of a leader!
What I find interesting about the Army Leadership list is that the emphasis is on personal responsibility. http://t.co/gGCC6ThvXZ
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The best and most enduring leadership lessons I've ever learned were on the football field and in the US Army! The Army's leadership principles have shaped my life and my family. Thank you Uncle Sam!!!
Think no one cares when you're being indecisive? Think again. It's clear from past research that the care, or thoughtfulness, with which people make decisions affects their own certainty about those decisions. But very little research has examined the inferences people draw from other people's thoughtfulness. We wondered whether people are more drawn to, and more willing to be influenced by, someone who spends a lot of time and effort making a decision, or very little time and effort making the same decision
Calibrating our decision processes to the data available, the situation, and the time available is an element of our individual processes. The ability to understand the situation and impacts of a decision in context of all the elements helps us to be better leaders and to make timely decisions for action by our teams or organizations. The theory of calibration in this article and the ideas for future research are very important in developing the leadership acumen to get things done and influence people to positive actions and outcomes.
UPDATE: Since this one night of leadership excellence, we've seen a set of leadership failings that are important examples to avoid. This is not to say that the original article on Ferguson was inappropriate, however, the developments of the last few nights in Ferguson show how a few bad actors can spoil the intent of leadership, but more importantly, the desires of a community. It is in these chaotic situations that everyday leadership has its biggest challenges and where leaders emerge who can calm the anxieties and anger of a community or organization. I won't comment on the variety of issues at play in this distressed community, but keep your eyes on the emerging leaders who are trying to put this community back together. Unfortunately, there are also "submerging" leaders in this environment who are undermining good order. I'll be monitoring both sides for examples to share, but I look forward to hearing from others on what lessons you see as this situation develops. Most of all, I pray for that community and for the real leaders to emerge that can calm the community and ignite positive change and civic responsibility for all sides so that the wounds opened over the last few days may be healed.
Amazing change created by the governor and a leader who recognized that police serve the public. Everyday leadership is serving those you lead through integrity, respect, and discipline. Some may simply call it professionalism.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield: Our policy in simple terms is to make a difference to the people of Africa. We have contributed to an almost AIDS-free generation in Africa. Power Africa is also making a difference.
Community Visioning Programs: Processes and Outcomes (Community Development Research and Practice Series) - Kindle edition by Norman Walzer, Gisele F. Hamm. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
This article is a little different than most articles curated for everyday leadership, but is relevant from the perspective that leaders have to consider their entire environment and situation. A systems approach to leading is indispensible for enabling better decisions and exercising effective influence among the people of one's situation or organization. In this example, the focus is on the future of cities, but a leader could be focused on the strategy, vision, and objective, and so the concepts in this article are pertinent to your everyday leadership. Think big! Think system!
LSU volleyball team unified by leadership program LSU The Reveille For the past three seasons, Janssen, who is the president and founder of the Janssen Sports Leadership Center, has worked with the LSU volleyball team and every other University...
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Sports teams are often the first exposure to leadership for many and real test of leadership for young people as they mature their everyday leadership skills.
Tech Times Apple shifts leadership page to showcase diverse VPs CNET Apple updated its executive leadership page to include vice presidents such as Lisa Jackson, the head of environmental initiatives.
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Leadership is a team sport for organizations. Although one person may have the final responsibility, everyday leadership includes having a team of leaders in the C-suite who bring the expertise, acumen, and advice to the organization's leader so that he/she can make the most informed decisions. Diversity of thought, experience, and ideas give all the leaders the ability to think through issues, challenges, and planning to create the environment and excellence that drive the organization to accomplish its vision, goals, and objectives.
First, the question of “making a difference”. One need not burden oneself ( or keep the expectation or assumption) of the image of “making a difference” in large or remarkable efforts, (i.e. Mother Theresa).