Re: Teaching Leadership LO7047

From: John Conover <>
Subject: Re: Teaching Leadership LO7047
Date: Mon, 29 Apr 1996 22:31:10 -0700

Christian Giroux writes:
> Replying to LO6975 --
> > >During this conversation, Peter Drucker said something that really struck me.
> > It was along those lines:
> >
> > >"Historically, a country needed 10 to 20 leaders to be effective, a King,
> > a Fieldmarshall, and so on. Typically these people were brought up,
> > educated from day one, to become leaders. We're now in a totally different
> > situation, where thousands of leaders are necessary in our society. This is
> > unprecedented. We do not know how to teach people to become leaders if we
> > don't start at the most tender age..."
> >

There are related works on the game-theoretic foundations of such
things. For a formal presentation see:

    "Games and Decisions," R. Duncan Luce and Howard Raiffa, John
    Wiley & Sons, New York, New York, 1957, Chapter 14, pp. 327.

For a "light/lay" presentation, see:

    "Archimedes' Revenge," Paul Hoffman, Fawcett Crest New York, New
    York, 1993, Section IV, chapters 12 and 13, pp. 213.

For a historical persptective, see:

    "History of Mathematical Programming," Edited by, J.K. Lenstra and
    A. H. G. Rinnooy Kan and A. Schrijver, CWI, Amsterdam, Holland,
    1991, "The Origins of the Impossibilty Theorem," Kenneth Arrow,
    pp. 1.


BTW, astonishingly, Arrow was working on the social welfare function
at RAND, circa mid 1950's (ie., the optimal amount of resources to
spend on social welfare issues-see the Clinton/Newt/Dole arguments for
details,) when he won the Nobel for proving that such an optimization
does not exist for more than two lists of priorities. Might explain
why two party social administrative systems are more successful,
historically, than multi-party systems-not to mention the traditional
anthropological issues of child rearing systematic functionalities.


John Conover,,

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