In this special five-part podcast series, we consider the business leadership issues raised by General Stanley McChrystal (ret.) recent book Leaders-Myth and Reality, which he co-authored with Jeff Eggers and Jason Mangone. Using Plutarch’s Lives as their model they considered multiple leaders and leadership styles. These include: Founders, Walt Disney and Coco Chanel; Geniuses, Albert Einstein and Leonard Bernstein; Heroes, Zheng He and Harriet Tubman; Power Brokers, Boss Tweed and Margaret Thatcher. In this episode IV, we take up the Power Brokers-Boss Tweed and Thatcher.
Some of the highlights include:
- A power broker wields influence and symbols like a tangible good.
- Power is an arrangement among stakeholders.
- Tweed used the social identity of the Irish as the basis for his power.
- Margaret Thatcher resurrected the feeling of national pride for the British people.
- There must be a consolidation of and working with groups with which they shared power. Tweed had his lunch club and Thatcher had her breakfast club.
- The true leadership of power brokers is to manage the followers and institutions which enable them.