Upsetting
Tuesday, July 15, 2003
 
Most of the ladies and gentlemen who mourn the passing of the nation's leaders wouldn't know a leader if they saw one. If they had the bad luck to come across a leader, they would find out that he might demand something from them, and this impertinence would put an abrupt and indignant end to their wish for his return.

Lewis H. Lapham (b. 1935), U.S. essayist, editor. Money and Class in America, ch. 10 (1988).

"Leadership," Lapham wrote, "consists not in degrees of technique but in traits of character; it requires moral rather than athletic or intellectual effort, and it imposes on both leader and follower alike the burdens of self-restraint."
 
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