Leader vs Boss: Chaos vs Order

A number of years ago my now ex-husband came home all proud from his weekend getaway and produced for me a two page single spaced typed list of rules, or regulations, that he wanted to impose on me, our marriage and my children with me.   I got about a fourth of the way through, tossed it in the air – and laughed. What else could I do?

Society has devolved into a chaotic vision of what constitutes a ‘Boss”. Today, a boss is often someone who relegates and utilizes power to manipulate, humiliate and use until the cup is empty.   The nuance isn’t about a relationship with the person/employee, it is about absorbing everything they have and tossing them aside as there is a new inventory being manufactured to replace the old.   But what happens when the ‘newly manufactured’ employee has been trained within a ‘deregulated’ university and is then deposited into a ‘regulated world’?

By contrast, a Leader is someone who guides, sometimes with stern ethics and morality, and sometimes with a gentle touch. But the guide is always directing his flock forward, ever teaching, ever loving. The Leader desires his flock to remain with him their entire life out of Loyalty, Love and Trust. He wants to see his flock grow. The idea that one might stray is deeply sorrowful.

So what happens when the youth that will be working in our regulated corporations, our hospitals, our pharmacies, and our government have been raised to covet self, to be weak, and to be deregulated in all that they do?

They will all fall down.

The collapse of leadership is a systemic problem that has infiltrated our homes and schools, and will in a very short time seep into the fabric of our corporate world with such ferocity that it may not be able to recover. It is not simply a US anomaly, the leadership of France, Germany, the EU, Sweden, Norway, etc… have all succumbed to the false supposition that a deregulated society can be sustained within a regulated world.

Hollywood is just a small fractured example.   But they had the money to hire regulated professionals to buy their way out of their deregulated ethics.   A generation of young people are about to embark on a new journey and be integrated into a business world that is ruled by Bosses, not Leaders.

On a much smaller scale we have seen some of the ramifications in business as some don’t survive the mass exodus that can occur when a Boss does not understand the nuance of Leadership. Stories reveal that once hugely profitable companies wither and fold, unable to survive the oppressiveness of Boss.

My generation was a generation of ‘scramblers’, when things got tough we knew how to scramble. Scramblers are most often the core of Entrepreneurship. They are the drivers of innovation and sustainability. So what happens when this current generation is the one holding up the pillars? Certainly there are exceptions to the rule, but they are the few among the many, and in a world defined by numbers, their strength will be tested to it’s infinite power.

My son was recently the victim of a “Boss”, a woman who didn’t see the value of drive, loyalty, education, and hard work and instead saw greed, self, and jealousy. He is but one example among hundreds of thousands, and as the generation of ‘safe spaces’ exits their deregulated universities and attempt to embark on a career, they will find themselves to be replaceable commodities in a world where Leadership is a foreign concept and control is paramount. There are no ‘safe spaces’ in the real world.

My ex-husband certainly didn’t understand the concept and continues his spiraling self destruction. The stories abound, from husbands to fathers to managers to bosses to government.

Trump is exercising the command of Leadership within a hostile Swamp of government officials who have usurped their position and become ensconced in a drive of power and control.   He is in a Battle that would have taken down anyone else with the second blow. If we do anything less than support him, take a pillar, then we are responsible for what could be the New Age Fall.

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