August 5th, 2015
by Karen Kimsey-House, CEO & Co-founder, CTI
One of our long-time faculty members, Eileen Blumenthal, forwarded me this post the other day. It is brilliantly written by Micah L. Sifry. In it, he points to the bankrupt condition of our current power-based leadership models and offers the Occupy Wall Street Movement as being “leader-full”.
Many have called the Occupy movement lacking in leadership and disorganized. As the post illustrates, the press have not known WHAT to do with it! I’m with Micah, however. I believe that the structures that have emerged from Occupy Wall Street call forth the leader in each of us and provide a container for all to step forward and take ownership and responsibility.
It may be that our current institutions must fall away, making room for leadership that is communal, dynamic and values the input and human capital of all, not just those with the most financial or political clout. Perhaps this is the essence of what Abraham Lincoln was dreaming of when he spoke the last line of the Gettysburg address: “ that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
I believe firmly that we are in the midst of that new birth of freedom and that we all have a part to play.