The continued rising of inequality in society means beyond a shallow of doubt that one must lead self to not only become a productive member of society but also to move forward in life. Overall, the big picture here is to understand how we can use sociology of leadership as an applied technique to learn the ways of society to help develop the self-leadership concept. The result of this learning process is to use this method to build a better life for self.
Believe it or not, we are part of this world, and as such we must keep on imagining ourselves as part of it and its various experiences that have an impact on our life choices. It was C. Wright Mills (1959) who made this quite clear, “people usually understand their problems in reference to their own personal life story, and they are not always aware of the complex links between their own lives and the rest of the world’s history” (p. 5). Sociology is part of that history and to understand it from a leadership perspective is important to realize that at some point we must lead self to get ahead in life (Ross, 2017).
Ross (2017) argues that one facet of the sociology of leadership is self-leadership and we must understand it to capture all the issues centered on social life. A failure to lead self in this environment we call society lends itself to social destruction where we may find a host of things contributing to the ills of society. We must deal with the real world on its face while using its knowledge to build one’s leadership ability. This is part of the social process of the sociology of leadership.
Mills, C. W. (1959). The sociological imagination. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ross, L. F. (2017). Sociology of leadership. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.