This paper is about leadership. Those who talk about leaders must first establish their leadership bona fide. In that light, it is right to ask if I am a leader. The answer is no.
However, I know what leadership is all about. If I have not been a leader what makes me believe that I know what leadership is all about? This is another good question.
Leaders are human beings. Human beings are creatures with separated selves, egos. All of us are ego, separated selves. Each of us is essentially invested in the survival and preservation of his ego self and body.
The individual human being struggles to earn a living for the survival of what he calls his self, his ego and body. Having survived, the individual wants his immediate children to survive after he is dead. The individual has selfish genes; he wants his genes to survive and wants to continue surviving through his immediate offspring, his extended egos. Edward Wilson, in his seminal book, sociobiology, and Richard Dawkin, in his book on selfish genes, observed that people have selfish genes.
Leaders are those egos who fight for not only their personal ego survival but for all egos survival; leaders fight for their group's good.