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4 Leadership Cultures

We’ve discussed the vision of mature leadership, optimized for tribes of 150, but still possible to foster within a secure emotional empire. We’ll call this mature leadership culture, a culture that fulfills and actualizes all individual’s leadership instinct (actualization hierarchy) through individualism, empathy, competition, models of mature heroic deeds, social mobility, etc.

There are then 3 types of immature leadership cultures.

The first, as previously discussed, is the dominator culture, based on insecure emotional leadership, where leaders prefer to consolidate and exploit their power, or prefer to conquer and enslave others. All things being equal, any human on earth would prefer to have a mature leadership reputation and be well-liked and respected within a mature leadership role. If the leader is emotionally and materially insecure in his or her status, power, or leadership, they revert back to an adolescent or infantile ‘tyrant’ type of emotional intelligence. I will explain further how this comes about in the next chapter.

The second type of immature leadership culture is the renunciation culture. When a group of people see no path to leadership (impotence) and perhaps are threatened, exploited, or injured by the dominator model of others, some people renounce the leadership instinct altogether. Because you cannot simply kill off the internal biological instinct for leadership, renunciation cultures are based on isolation, distraction, depression, suppression, and addictions. Renunciation cultures basically do not want to be reminded that leadership is possible. They hide in their homes, rely on addictions to forget their instincts, distract themselves with media or dead-end jobs or belief systems that keep you static in life. because the leadership instinct never goes away, renunciation cultures focus on a permanent infinite life of distractions, addictions, depression, etc. All you have to do is look for the depths of TV culture, fantasy gaming culture, isolated hobby culture, etc. to see the depths of renunciation culture I’ll speak more on the renunciation culture later.

The third type of immature leadership culture is the resentment culture. Similar to the impotence of the renunciation culture, the resentment culture chooses to literally hate and attack leadership, instead of simply avoiding or suppressing it. A resentment culture will attack and devalue leaders, will demonize anyone seeking leadership, will hate and despise anything with status or power. In a resentment culture, the only status or power is literally the hatred of leadership itself. In a convoluted way, resentment culture is the leadership instinct turned on itself. The logic of resentment culture is this: “I am envious of your leadership status, I am impotent to seek my own leadership status, so I will hate and attack you until no one is a leader.” This immature leadership culture is perhaps the most difficult to see in daily life since it itself seems like a leadership trajectory, except it seeks to undermine and devalue anyone breaking from the herd to do something heroic. It could be argued the more militant forms of communism / socialism were resentment cultures.

Ironically, the dominator model, renunciation model, and resentment model of cultures directly correspond to the immature emotional development of the human psyche. I’ll explain this in the next chapter.

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