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Leading So People Will Follow by Erika Andersen

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Historical Necessity

The desire to have leaders who are generous with resources is also a group survival mechanism. Imagine a European village in the Middle Ages. If in lean years the lord of the manor hoards the thin harvest for himself and his family and the peasants die (or leave in search of a more generous leader), there may not be enough people left to plant, tend, and harvest the crop in the next planting season. Over a few years of the lord’s miserly ways, the cycle continues, and the group dies off or disbands.

We need to know that in tough times and easy ones, our leaders will make it their business to see that we have the resources we need to survive and thrive. Because this particular aspect of generosity has historically been so ...

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