Sociology of Leadership
I learned years ago in my studies of sociology that it can only have meaning if it leads us to understand social phenomena and affords us with ways and means of controlling them. One can argue, as before, that sociology will continue to serve as a science of prediction, control, and analysis; however, with a small twist in that sociology of leadership can help add to the social thought of today by entertaining the relationships between sociology and leadership. One of my arguments for a sociology of leadership argues from a position that one must first lead self before an individual can lead others. Nevertheless, the socialization process that one goes through in life has a dramatic impact on one’s leadership ability. Although there is an understanding that social institutions are the basis for growth in society, we must realize that the education harvested from our experience with these organizations helps to facilitate our social interactions which start at birth and continues as we get older and become adult leaders. Realizing that it is our parents (under the heading of the family institution) who first socialize us, this process continues to evolve as we get older and start to interact with others outside the family structure. Simply put, it is the belief that everything we do in society involves some leadership rather it is by self or others who might control our various situations.
I must also admit that of all the founding fathers of sociology, Max Weber is the one that comes close to an argument concerning the concept of leadership with his writings on power and authority. Even when Karl Marx talked about power, he centered it on the collectivity of people. In others words, he believed the as a whole people had the power or ability to take control of their destiny, and change society. With this assertion, my premise would be that to make it happen; someone must be elevated to a position of leadership to lead the charge. Marx concern for inequality and social totality by a capitalist society is the reason for conflict in society. We can facilitate this by the economic factors that tend to shape not only our culture but its overall behavior. Therefore, it is tough to change the status quo in a capitalist society because the proletariats continue to be alienated to the point they feel that it is impossible for them to reach their full potential in life. Change can only come for them in the community’s setting by manipulating the various institutions which serve to keep them in their position in the first place. By the way, we might conclude that this is part of the bureaucracy that Weber talked so much about long ago.
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