The Power of the Herd: A Non-predatory Approach to Social Intelligence by Linda Kohanov is an excellent work on the complex mechanics of intuitive leadership skills in practice. The author draws from global history, as well as nature itself. For instance, she explains some of the issues faced by Alexander the Great, as well as the Buddha.
The author explains that the higher you go hierarchically, the more frequently leaders encounter behavioral issues. The book shows how leaders must learn to breath into tension in order to keep emotions under good control. The iterative steps involve feeling the conflict raw, interpreting adverse messages dispassionately, changing behavior in response to the messages received and getting back to normal.
The book explains that leaders in the herd conserve valuable energy for true emergencies. The objective of herd leaders is to learn the herd and intercede at critical juncture points in order to protect the other members from harm either real or perceived.
The author explains how herds are cultivated by managing the complex flight or fight response. This style of overseeing seeks to fight only when absolutely necessary to protect the herd. The leaders encourage a strong affiliation in order to assuage fears and leave survivors feeling content. And so, bonds are solidified with protective social behaviors aimed at preserving social order.
The book arrives at an intuitive model for cultivating experiential wisdom. The steps include engendering commitment, allowing issues to surface and achieve a resolution, observing the feedback from group members and realizing increased motivation as the end product of the group experience and interaction.
The Power of the Herd is an excellent work on the dynamics of group behavior and the leadership skills requisite to managing small groups. Much of the information contained in this book is intuitive. Nonetheless, leaders will recognize the essential elements of leadership skills explained by the author.Powered by Sidelines