The Essence Of True Leadership

People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives. – Theodore Roosevelt

A lot of red pill men today face frustratingly tough situations when it comes to their social, private, and more so professional lives – especially when women are gradually taking over the job market, and dominate workplaces, apart from the social scene.

To compound this problem, what is often seen are men who are either posturing betas, white knights, or manginas in positions of power in societies and more so at the workplace, who further promote modern feminist ideologies at offices (or even blue collar industries) by psychologically emasculating the male staff with their own warped interpretation of leadership. The fate is often worse for those working under a feminist female boss.

A lot of men today blindly follow leaders (sometimes in the quest of a role model) because we live in feminist societies where men are increasingly indoctrinated to follow the herd mentality. But in today’s times of convoluted masculinity, the best option remains the same: to lead than to follow. Thus it becomes imperative to understand the essence of true leadership to begin with.

The virtues of leadership

The topic of leadership is indeed vast; it can be expounded upon at length. But some essential core values of leadership remain unchanged for becoming a good leader (references to certain laws from Robert Greene’s The 48 laws Of Power are used to elaborate them below). They are as follows (and not necessarily in that order):

1. Judgement


One essential quality of a good leader is the power of proper discernment. A leader with poor judging skills will eventually make mistakes and errors not only leading to his own downfall, but that of his followers as well. His poor judgement makes him a victim of his own favoritism, often choosing sycophants or undeserving allies – which often contributes to the alienation and loss of valuable followers and aides, leading to his failure.

On the flip side, the good leader is the one who values meritocracy and loyalty in the selection of his followers, and his subsequent treatment of them. He critically examines the problems he is faced with; and also the motives and value of his followers, and the necessities of the environment he finds himself in. He doesn’t led favoritism blind him – rather he knows what should be done, how it should be done, and whom to appropriately delegate responsibility and tasks to.


2. Responsibility
Leadership – leadership is about taking responsibility, not making excuses. – Mitt Romney

Leadership is all about taking responsibility – not only for self, but also for the entire tribe. The ability of a leader to assume responsibility for consequences – either for good or bad – is what inspires confidence and loyalty towards him in those around him.


3. Trustworthiness

The leader who isn’t loyal to his followers or to the ideologies he expounds isn’t going to inspire loyalty from others in the long run, for his hypocrisy itself will turn even the best of those who might have his best interests in their hearts. Trust indeed is like paper; once it’s crumpled, it can’t be perfect again. The good leader understands this, and thus safeguards his credibility ferociously by avoiding hypocrisy and false promises, by wisely choosing his words – free of brevity.

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear; and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinx like. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish. – Law 4

4. Reputability

Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once it slips, however; you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them. – Law 5

No one likes to follow a “leader” with an ambiguous reputation. The real reason why people look upto leaders is partly because of humanity’s predilection of man worship, and partly because of a leader’s reputation, which precedes and follows him wherever he goes. In today’s times with the rise of degeneracy, it’s often seen that “leaders” today have lower reputations than that of their “disciples” – something which leaders of the past wouldn’t even think of having of.


5. Fear

A good leader understands the power of fear, and harnesses it effectively to mold and direct his followers (and his adversaries) into the direction of his goal. He doesn’t abuse the power of fear, for he realizes that this abuse could very well  breed resentment, discontent or worse, chronic rebellion or opposition to his plans from both friends and foes.

On the flip side, when the situation demands stern measures, he doesn’t vacillate in exacting retribution swiftly. No leader was ever taken seriously who failed to do so, for such failure resulted in loss of respect, confidence and morale of his followers. No one likes to be led by a sheep; for every one wants to be led by a lion.

6. Love

Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into wanting to
move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn. And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they feel: Ignore the hearts and mind of others and they will grow to hate you. – Law 43

Just like fear, the power of love has a great influence on human behavior. The wise leader knows how to work on the hearts of the members of his tribe (through his behavior and deeds), for he knows when fear would fail in securing him the loyalty of his supporters, it would be their love for him that would turn the tide in his favor.

7. Self reliance

In a modern world where mutual dependency is often peddled to people, self reliance often helps the leader to rise above from the rest of the herd. His self-sufficiency is what makes others seek him out, for he becomes the pillar others lean onto, the one whom others seek to emulate.

8. Courage and the will to act


No one wants to follow a coward, and more so a non-doer. A good leader inspires others with his courage, and by his deeds – his deeds speak louder than his words. Besides, he knows the difference between raw courage and plain recklessness through his heightened social intelligence.

9. Forbearance


Leadership without forbearance has the danger to degenerate into tyranny. Since the empowerment of the tribe is one of the important aims of true leadership, a leader cannot inspire loyalty unless he embodies mercy when situations demand it. Love remains one of the greatest influencing factors of human behavior, and one effective way to secure it is through the apt use of forbearance.

10. Vision and foresight

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet. — Reverend Theodore Hesburgh

In today’s blue pill societies, it’s common to see self-styled “leaders” leading people with short-sighted plans and goals which accomplish nothing much in the end. But the defining quality of a real leader – which separates him from the herd – is his ability to perceive things differently, his conviction to create a reality based on that vision, and his ability to project himself into the future regardless of the times he might be presently in.


12. Dignity

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown. – Law 34

A leader with no dignity will inspire the same degeneracy among his followers. It’s common to see power thrust upon the shoulders of effeminate betas today who lack dignity yet pose as pseudo-leaders, setting horrendous examples of convoluted masculinity to other blue pill men in modern societies today.

It’s often said that familiarity breeds contempt in the long run. Not only does this affect commoners, but leaders as well.

Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and heard, the more common you
appear: If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity. – Law 16

13. Accessibility

At the same time, a leader who is cut off from his tribe would neither be aware of his environment, nor would he be able to inspire confidence and loyalty from his followers due to his isolation, thus putting himself at risk in the future.

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere-everyone has to protect themselves. A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from-it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target. Better to circulate among people,find allies, mingle. You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd. – Law 18

Another common mistake of leaders is to rely completely on subordinates to deal with the masses. This often results in the unnecessary transfer of power to these subordinates dealing with the masses, for they would then be having the power to influence others, either for good or the worse. The wise leader however keeps channels open between him and his followers.

14. Originality


The leader is the pioneering trailblazer, while others follow him. He sees what others cannot, and he fearlessly plunges into carving his own unique path, for others to follow.

15. Planning

The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles,and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead. – Law 29

It’s often said that “failing to plan is planning to fail,” or “better to have a bad plan than no plan at all.” One of the abilities of a leader is to transform his vision into reality, and to do that he must have a plan (or several plans to deal with the eventualities he might face on the path to success).

No one likes to be led by someone without a plan. Unfortunately with the lack of vision in today’s blue pill world, it’s common to see people led by those who themselves are drifting aimlessly without a vision.

16. Adaptability

By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack. Instead of taking a form for your
enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move. Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed. The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes. – Law 48

One of the certainties of life is that of change. A leader who fails to adapt himself to changing times puts not only himself at risk, but also his followers. Part of this failure could also be attributed particularly to a lack of planning, judgement, and foresight on his part. Nevertheless, adaptability to changing circumstances is crucial for good leadership.

17. Humility


Even the best of leaders have lost it all due to megalomania. Pride which comes with power and achievement (not to be confused with self respect) can destroy entire civilizations. Wise leaders have thus sought to control it, by practicing a healthy dose of humility for obvious reasons.

18. Competence
Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. – Peter Drucker

The leader separates himself from the rest also because of his skill. He doesn’t moan and complain unnecessarily; he acts and solves the issues he faces boldly. It’s common to see modern men however find themselves led by incompetent “leaders” – in society and their professional lives – who don’t have any skill nor expertise.This lack of competence is another reason for the lack of faith in modern leadership.


Yet, what we often see today is “leaders” defensively arguing their way out of the cynosure on their shortcomings, shirking responsibility – further adding to the lack of belief in their leadership.

Any momentary triumph you think you have gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory: The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion. It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate. – Law 9

19. Self control

In a modern world today which stresses more upon excess in everything, one of the defining qualities of the leader is that he not only knows when to act, but more so when to stop.

The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed fol; and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat. Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop. – Law 47

It’s easy to get lost in the trap of sensory and worldly gratification, as Napoleon Hill illustrates with the example of sensual excess in his best seller Think and Grow Rich; but the true leader understands the dangers of this, and rises above others with his self regulation and ability to put things in perspective.

20. Quality
The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves. – Ray Kroc

What makes a leader truly stand out? It’s the qualities and standards he embodies, which sets him apart from the rest. Being average has gotten no one anywhere, and more so a leader. Would you follow someone who is average? This is why self-development becomes very important for men on their journey on the path of leadership.


21. Gratitude

One of the most effective ways to inspire goodwill in others is the attitude of gratitude – and good leaders have always known it, and more importantly, when to practice it. There is a marked difference in the attitude of the followers of the leader who considers them as those under him, and in that of the followers of the leader who considers them as those working for him.


In the end where results matter, the leader is as good as his team, and the team is as good as its leader. Failure on the part of leaders to show gratitude to their followers has often resulted in the premature downfall of many promising personalities who could’ve risen to greater heights had they understood and practiced this seemingly innocuous virtue.

22. Belief


The leader has conviction in his own beliefs which serves as the dynamo for his focus and drive, and he also projects his beliefs effectively to influence the belief patterns of the tribe. It’s this ability to influence mankind’s beliefs is what grants him the power to lead, even in his absence.

Not only does he firmly believe in himself, he also empowers the people around him through the power of faith.

Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish. – Sam Walton



In today’s feminist societies, it’s undeniably common to see the loss (or even absence) of these essential qualities which constitute the essence of true leadership in modern men. It’s no surprise then to see the essence of true male leadership take a beating to undergo gradual erosion today.

The solution remains unchanged: to take the red pill, and either eject to a social and workplace environment where masculinity is still valued and practiced effectively, or create your own tribe like a leader.

In modern times where masculinity remains a confusing minefield to step into for the modern man, we need real leaders who would embody the true essence of leadership in deed and word, to protect these values from further decline in cultures which promote the death of male authenticity more than ever before.

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74 thoughts on “The Essence Of True Leadership”

  1. You forget the most important one (and the nastiest). You must be a good liar. Look at Obama.

      1. It is truly sad and huge proof of our declining civilization that the supposed “leader of the free world” is an obvious puppets and feminist apologist.
        Makes my feel hopeless for the young boys being brainwashed into thinking the Prez is a role model for how they should grow and act as men.

        1. He is a jews puppet. Look at who run hollywood, who run the FED, who run Facebook, who run Wikipedia, who own Goldman sash, and more.

      2. I know but people like these succeed in today world even if they are trash. You can be an honest person and fail hard in 2015 because this society is infected by lies.

    1. The president of the US is not a leader, that position is more so a spokesman for the real leaders of the nation.

      1. the prez is the ceo of USA, Inc. he takes his marching orders from the board members.

        1. Camille will abolish the pay gap with extreme prejudice.

        2. I’m going with Bill Burr in ’16. Cordon off DC for a month, then come back and see what the kid did with the bunch.

    1. Vladimir Putin is the greatest national leader of the last 100 years. He, along with his foreign minister Lavrov, have navigated untold covert and overt aggressions from the West: from NATO expansion, to the western-backed Georgian war and now to the western-run proxy war in Ukraine. And they did it all while remaining diplomatic, polite and enormously effective.
      I wish Putin would run for president of the USA. I would vote for him in a heartbeat!

      1. same for germany. merkel has the reputation of being the usa dog. they call, she jumps. the PR damage suffered by USA in germany caused by the NSA affair, maidan, ttip, CIA torture and so on is almost beyond repair. putin, on the other hand, is favoured by some people here too )) the main difference between putin and obama/merkel? if he says something, he does it. if he threats, he backs it up and let deeds follow. that alone deserves respect. sure, he might not be a saint either. but regarding those points, i`d vote for him anytime. if western politicans open their mouth, you can ignore it most of the time because they wont do anything in most cases anyway. just look how much they appease, judge, promise. but backing their words up by letting action follow? rarely.
        and regarding PR: he just shortened his salary. can you imagine merkel/obama or any other politican doing that? sure, its probably a PR move. but he knows how to do it ))

        1. On any sort of national level, the enormous herd of the population means a leader has to under take large amounts of manipulation and coercion to remain effective….
          There’s lots of things to dislike about Putin domestically, that’s where you can fault him, but he’s only operating in the necessary way to remain effective…. Internationally he’s very shrewd and that’s why people like him so much….
          In an ideal world these enormous nation states would be dismantled, and leaders would be reduced to enclaves, city states and groups of max. 1M people.
          At that size corruption becomes obvious, everyone has a voice and it’s a real community… as soon as a city reaches over 1M people, you immediately have drug abuse, homelessness, more homosexuality, unemployment, fractured families and poverty in general.

        2. Here is a great blog by a former western military analyst who used to be Anti-Russia but who is now Pro-Russia (or at least Pro-Truth).
          Been following it for about a year. Incredible projection batting average (about 80% of his projections became true in the past 12 months wrt Ukraine conflict) as he draws on everything fact-based and ignores rhetoric from all sides:

      2. Agreed. As for each and every single policy he’s ever made/broken, I know very little so cannot judge, but the way he handles the media is first class (I admit I don’t follow politics, it’s all bullshit far as I’m concerned, just occasionally see news reports). I’d be proud of him if I were Russian, especially when you look at the leaders in the west like Cameron and Obama to name two.

      3. Putin the greatest national leader of the last 100 years?
        What do you think of Adolf?

        1. Check out some red pill history and make up your own mind on Adolf:

          Adolf is not the monster western propaganda has made him out to be. However, he did make one too many strategic miscalculations (vastly underestimating AngloZionist power and immorality) which resulted in the destruction of his nation. Perhaps his biggest blunder was allowing the enemy to escape at Dunkirk.
          Ironically it is Britain and its Rothschild controlled empire who encapsulate all the evil (then and now) that is artificially pegged onto Hitler.
          Anyway, due to Adolf’s strategic blunders across many fronts, Putin far outshines him as a national leader. Of course, Putin’s story is not over yet, so we will have to wait and see what happens in the coming years.

        2. Indeed. Underscores just how much of a matrix we literally live in.
          Almost all of our modern history, from WWI and WWII to Vietnam, to the Kennedy assassination to 9/11 and so much more – all a series of lies. We are born and die within a system of mass-brainwashing.
          Wish those 27 episodes would go viral.

  2. 1 in 1000 people are truly good at leading, at least half of that number are incompetent.

  3. I cringe when people refer to politicians/bureaucrats as “leaders”.
    They extort money at the point of a gun (taxes).
    That is not leadership – that is extortion.

    1. Government is legalized mob. Look at the similarities.
      Taxes=protection fee
      President=mob boss
      Some of those South American drug lords give back to their communities far more than their own government. It’s just their quick “judicial” and punishment methods I have a little problem with. I’m not in favor of them, just saying you can see the parallels.

      1. Hi Mr. Hue,
        I would go a step farther and say that I would rather live in a 3rd world country run by narco-politics than a 1st world country run by spineless, faceless tyrants.
        Narco-gorillas seem (in my experience) to be more forgiving when it comes to payments that are late or due as long as the debtor is in support of the entrenched narco-state and is willing to accept penalties for late payments. My time in Colombia S.A. introduced me to this way of thinking.
        One caveat, if you do not pay and buck the narcos, their reaction will be swifter and sterner than their1st world counterparts.
        What do you think?

        1. in theory you are correct, but in practice the poverty mentality in those countries can be incredibly annoying / expensive….
          the police in developed countries may rob you with tickets and cameras and silly taxes, but generally you can get from A to B without being stopped all the time for bribes… which is not always the case in places like Mexico, India, South America etc.
          I do however very much appreciate your point of view… people in Latin America are by and large much more free than those in the developed world, not least since there is almost nothing that can’t be avoided with a little ‘friend’ money.

      2. “In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?” ~ Saint Augustine

  4. My old man ran a machine shop for thirty years. He is a vet and a Rotarian and is always heading some project. Everybody loves the man (he could easily become mayor If he could stand politics). His favorite leadership book – Dale Carnegie “How to Win Friends and Influence People.”

  5. Nice job quoting sociopaths like ellison and kissenger.
    Imagine having a boss with even a third of these traits? You have a better chance meeting a sasquatch.

    1. Yeah, Killinger especially. He’s no leader. He’s a little weasel scum bag, fronting for his boss David Rockefeller. Killinger’s little grubby paws have been in every major evil atrocity of the 20th century – from the illegal bombing of Cambodia, to MK Ultra to feminism. He even dated Gloria Steinem for fuks sake!

      1. “He even dated Gloria Steinem for fuks sake”.
        And whatever Hank did to her, men and women are paying for to this day.

        1. Imagine if you were female and ‘dated’ Kissassinger? The horror. The horror. First you gotta listen to him, and then yeesh, touch him.
          Hank and Steinem . . . like two landcrabs going at it. Hoo boy.
          I think I’ll end the visuals right there. Could trigger ptsd in some readers.

        2. Ugh – I can see it in a supermarket tabloid: “Hank and Whoria’s love child escaped from holding facility – goes on rampage on Champs Elysee” with photo of an apezilla looking skank, aka the 50 ft. Woman in the 5 ft. dress, pegging the yuppie dudes and giving the broads short haircuts…

        3. Like some Macy’s Parade Float that came to life, chewed thru the tethers, and went horribly, sickeningly Rong. Gobbling up minds and souls as it careens down the Champs Elysee, rebounding off buildings and screeching WE JUST WANT EQUALITY! WE’RE HERE TO HELP! THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE!
          Everybody run. Ruuuuuuuunn! Eh wait hang on a sec, hand me my thirty-thirty.

  6. I don’t like to follow nor do I desire to lead other men. When it comes to women, it’s inevitable you have to lead but I find it tiresome and unsatisfying.
    Animals follow, animals create leaders, and the animal traits are still persistent there in man – that is why he creates the leader the top-dog, and follows. The leaders are narcissistic figures in their nature. It’s a trait recognisable by other people and so they feel attracted to him and follow.
    The perfect man is so unique he cannot be a model for others so they won’t follow him. Women on the other hand adore him as they are attracted to mystical figures.

    1. “The perfect man is so unique he cannot be a model for others so they won’t follow him. ” ~ Truer words have not been spoken. Not only will they not follow him but they will despise and probably crucify him if at all expedient. Cock suckers…

    2. the wise sage lets his followers come to him and find him…. herding cats is a waste of time… i completely agree…. the only caveat is that it is necessary to put yourself out there a little and weed out the followers that really appreciate your skills from the hangers on that just try to stand on your head…. no man is an island, and being too solitary if often not as wise as it might initially seem….

    1. What utter bullshit. Family and friends propel you forward. Don’t believe me then ask any nobleman or politician.

      1. I have done it. I have outlived them all and become the patriarch of my family, the last male standing; and I will be the last, because I am the last that even understands the concept of family.
        Kids these days have been taught that family cooperation is one of the great evils of the world. The noblemen and politicians don’t want any unexpected competition to arise from the muck of the prole sea and have taken steps to prevent it.
        I could hand my heirs a dynasty, but they have been well trained to, deliberately, smash it apart. It’s a Brave New World.

  7. I hit my ex wife about 7 or 8 times. I think she secretly enjoyed it. She seemed to have something to do by nursing her injuries after. I led with a few jabs, she followed by shutting up.

    1. so what’s your take on “coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you”?

        1. Quite right. And if real gentleman end up holding women fully accountable for the lack of cold beer in the fridge or whatever it is that irks them then they’ll be less likely to blame other groups for the worlds problems. Everybody wins, including the prison state

      1. She had the police on speed dial baiting me into hitting her. She banked on being punched just to start trouble .

        1. but (not so) passive aggression banks on you falling into that trap. Don’t give such women the moral high ground

    2. Hi Mr. Funship,
      In my experience, all women/girls are better at being feminine and submissive after a round or two if HARD domming.
      I have been told by my wifes, daughters and step-kids that when they are punished they feel owned and thusly, part of something bigger than just themselves.
      Not that you should trust the word of a sadistic, wife beating, pedo grooming, daughter-rapist …find out for yourself how right I am by having the guts to try it.

        1. Hey Brigadon,
          as a man i cannot understand how getting dominated
          makes one feel more or just loved. I appreciate that i get to borrow
          another humans body to perfect my craft of self defense when i go to
          fight club, but i dont love the 200 pound 6 foot tall guy who just
          mopped the floor with me. females and males are different. the sooner
          we all accept that the better the world will become.
          as a man,
          especially an alpha, you must take ownership of your females if you plan
          on having any hope of a LTR. I used to get an upset stomach during
          domming my girls and as soon as it was all done, the adrenaline would
          dump and my blood pressure would plummet leading me to vomit. i never
          let the girls see, but it is not easy at all to maintain a worthwhile
          sexual relationship with feminine girls/women.

        2. “but i dont love the 200 pound 6 foot tall guy who just 
          mopped the floor with me.”
          That’s because he didn’t proceed to anus rape you.

        3. Sorry man. I suspect it is your early canalization, and living in a culture where actual masculine behavior is brutally repressed. it is called ‘conditioning’, and having a vomit and or blood pressure drop reaction is a classic symptom of extreme conditioning. A lot of Homosexual men also have that reaction, which implies strongly that their condition is about as unnatural as beating a dog every time you feed them.
          My own remark, though, was a reference to the classic hooker statement regarding their pimps.
          As a man, you don’t need to understand why a woman prefers dominant men. Women require KNOWLEDGE, not ‘understanding’. You do not need to empathize with a woman to understand what she really needs, you do not need to know WHY she lies, or even how she really feels… about anything.
          What you instead need is the analytical knowledge of HOW she thinks, WHAT she feels, and how to evoke her emotions…
          It is a fine line, but KNOWING women makes you a man… UNDERSTANDING them makes you a useless faggot.

    3. In the long run, I think you’ll probably find using your cock more effective than your fists… Any impotent wanker can use his fists….

      1. Not true, most impotent wankers use words, instead. They are scared little cowards, using their fists would be a huge leap forward in manliness.

      2. Theories that exist only in 1980s porn are not effective in the real world my friend .

    4. Lol… sounds like way too much work bro. If I feel like I gotta hit a bitch her ass is gettin put on waivers. Lol

  8. Good survey of leadership issues as we face them. I see a couple of issues that men in leadership face today, including with respect to the manosphere more generally. The first relates to the point about coercion. The author quotes from Robert Green: “Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction”
    This is very true, and moreover true in any age. However a great deal has changed in modern times. Strong male leaders could once be forceful in a way that today is much more difficult. Reduce a female employee to tears thirty years ago and you might well have suffered the consequence for a long time to come, but today you may end up being accused of abuse and lose your job (or your company). The culture of leadership has changed massively, particularly in employment, even if the core remains the same. Consent / consultation is everything when it comes to demonstrating legitimacy, people management etc, yet authority, decision-making, and being a tough bastard is as necessary as it ever was – one can rarely get by today on ‘fear’ alone.
    The feminisation of leadership reflected in the above culture change also means leadership can’t seem to be too alpha (which results in immediate attack) or too much about monopolising power, not least because the study of leadership (within HR etc) now takes place within a quasi-socialist environment. That environment often places leadership in a context of ‘change management’. You don’t just want to be a leader today you want to be a “thought-leader” (sounds a bit reminiscent of the marxist “vanguard” to me). And of course ‘thought-leaders” engaged in “change management” also need to know what they’re trying to achieve. Well if you’re a marxist thought leader / change manager you can perhaps go on a “common purpose” leadership course, and find out how you’re supposed to indoctrinate your workforce. I’ve never done that, but I once attended a bog-standard leadership course, and some of the key ideas came from a lefty psychologist called Kurt Lewin, who conceptualised many of the ways in which change management took place, for instance by ‘unfreezing’ the present state of affairs before tackling old ways of thinking / working etc blocking change, and then finally ‘re-freezing’ them in the new improved way. Lewin was responsible for many of tools of modern lefties HR leadership theory, as well as such things as “action research”.
    My point in mentioning the above is to stress that while the kind of leadership / management I admire is of the Stephen Covey 7 habits variety, restoring good solid principles masculine leadership (which after all is the archetype of leadership) needs to take on board the current environment, taking for itself what it can use while successfully negotiating around the toxic feminised aspects of HR etc.
    With respect to the manosphere etc, I would stress the love / coercion dilemma. Leadership in the manosphere needs to win hearts and minds, and demonstrate its own thought leadership. A return to the good old values of leadership, should involve modelling the most effective tools of the change agents themselves. But there is something that should at least be unique to that part of the manosphere that is ROK. Typically the focus of seduction is at the level of the individual, but it is the wider seduction that is most important. Leadership / seduction must involve hearts, minds, and bodies.

      1. Heavy is the head that wears the crown. Don’t want to carry the weight… don’t wear the crown.

  9. This article got me to purchase Robert Greene books.
    First up: The 48 Laws of Power.
    Thanks ROK!

  10. “Sometimes being responsible means pissing people off” -Colin Powell
    Nothing truer was ever said. Women and betas will find any excuse they can to get pissed. Don’t let it deter you. Real leaders have a singular focus and won’t let anyone or their manipulative feelings derail them. Stay the course

  11. Fantastic article. One of the most important here. Reminds me of the old Russian proverb, “the Czar’s crown is very heavy.”

  12. Sauron666 is a sock puppet of a troll that is trying to build a history by posting on old threads. “The troll’s game is very obvious”.

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