‘Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’ John Dalberg-Acton, 1st Baron Acton
I have had the opportunity to observe many leaders in my time. Some were natural leaders and arrived at a position of leadership through unadulterated ability to influence those around them.
Others were leaders by virtue of a supervisory or managerial or administrative positions that they had been assigned. With a willingness and a good heart, these people developed into sound and reliable persons of authority.
Yet, there are leaders who are leaders by avarice and deception. These are people who seek to influence others for their own gain and benefit. I have witnessed this type of leader in both politics and ministry.
There is especially a danger when a leader has not checks or balances or sounding board…to assure that they are on the right track!
Our founding fathers understood that they had just left a monarchy and that they no longer wanted to live under a king or queen. The United States equal division of power between our three branches of government is brilliant in it’s hinderance of unlimited power.
When and if our congress is working properly they are to be a check on an executive branch, that is, ‘drunk with power!’
I remember when, republican, Senator Barry Goldwater told President Nixon that he did not have four votes in the Senate to not find him guilty after a, certainty, of impeachment in the House of Representatives…and that his vote was not one of the four!
I have watched ministers, close-up, who have no real check on their power. They often develop a bit of a God complex! When no one tells you no, and those whom you surround yourself with, repeatedly, tell you how wise and strong and powerful and good looking that you are…you, may, begin to believe it!
‘The Emperor’s New Clothes is a short tale written by Danish author Hans Christian Anderson, about two weavers who promise a emperor a new suit that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent – while in reality, they make no clothes at all, making everyone believe the clothes are invisible to them. When the emperor parades before his subjects in his new ‘clothes,’ no one dares say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as stupid. Finally a child cries out, ‘But he isn’t wearing anything at all.’ Wikipedia
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