Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Those who employ leadership serve as leaders, de facto. For example, when David slew the giant Goliath (Holy Bible, 1 Samuel 17; Qur'an, II: 247-252), inasmuch as the event represented leadership, David served as a leader. Although leader development programs can ostensibly prepare people to take broadened responsibilities, in this event, David did not serve as some type of sub-standard, junior leader who, with more training and development, would someday graduate to "adult" leadership. In fact, it appears that in this particular case, his lack of leadership development might have facilitated his ability or at least his willingness to lead. Where other, more developed members of the Israelite army, including those who possessed substantial positional authority, found that the potential costs of facing Goliath in a showdown far outweighed any likely benefits; the arguably experienced, but unlearned David succeeded in carrying out his plan and accomplishing his objective. Based on this example (as well as on a host of theoretical theses and other representative examples), it appears that whether people serve at the executive level or at the part time, volunteer level; whether young or older; in fact, no matter the categories people represent: anyone can serve as a leader.