Finding Leadership in Politics

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Max Weber

Max Weber’s considerations on what makes a “good politician” raise several questions about the difference between the politician and the leader. Sadly, I fear that the way our society categorizes those whom we put in power is dangerously lacking in the essence of leadership. Should we actually consider personal political vocation as a logical reason for civil-servants to entertain politics, or rather that they are there as an extension of our voice in government? If we as a society continue in our depersonalization of the individuals we elect to office we are inherently removing their status as a leader of the people and creating a self-servant, who according to Weber, requires only, “passionate devotion to a ’cause'”, in order to be sufficient to their constituents. In my Organizational Studies 201 course, which highlights the many facets of leadership, I’ve begun to craft a new idea of what political leaders should embody, which will hopefully help us relocate the Leadership in Politics.

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Paying “Play”-ers

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The NCAA is getting pressure to begin to pay student athletes.

A massive debate is raging in the college athletics community. To pay players or not to pay players. The Big Ten and other conferences recently gained extra autonomy that includes the ability to give additional benefits. Excerpts from the Big Ten’s statement can be found in this Sports Illustrated article. In class we also read an article from Grantland about using athletes likenesses in video games. Athletes, former and current, believe that the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, should begin compensating them for the twenty- hour work weeks that they put in throughout the course of a season. The debate over college athletics and paying players also begs the question what is play for these athletes. Bartlett Giamatti, a former commissioner of Major League Baseball, has an interesting opinion on what play is. How would paying players change play in the NCAA? Continue reading

Steve Jobs: A Modern Day Machiavelli?

Steve Jobs, some touted him as a innovation genius while others called him crazy. Jobs was able to do in fifty six years what most men could have only dreamed of doing in a lifetime. He not only revolutionized the personal computer, music, and cellular phone industry, but changed the way people interacted with technology and the world in which they live in. Bridging the gap between the realm of technology and mainstream American, Jobs was able to appeal to the general public with his compelling ideas and renowned knack for knowing what the people want. Continue reading