I'm a mechanical engineer with an interest in writing short fiction, gardening and copy editing.
During my passage through life, I've concluded that the greatest flaw I've come upon, outside of myself, is the lack of genuine leadership. The lack of good leadership seems to be a constant thread through the story of humankind and central to most of our greatest mutual disasters. For what it is worth, this is what I have learned during my passage through a number of engineering companies.
There is a hierarchy of leadership. You might imagine a pyramid as a represents leadership. At the very pinnacle of the leadership pyramid are the genuine leaders. Beneath those are a great mass that might be called "managers." Beneath those are a final mass I call the "clerks."
The leaders seem to have been formed from an early age for their assignment. They are bright. They are intensely interested in their field of endeavor. And they show great merit and potential. They might constitute, at most, 10% of the leadership hierarchy.
The managers are people who might rise to the highest level of leadership, if they work hard, are groomed by the company, and have natural talents. I call managers "mass-manufactured-leadership", as this cadre seem to be suited to a time fifty or more years in the past when the repetitive operations required by the conditions of mass-manufacturing suited their rise. They might constitute 40% of the leadership hierarchy.
The clerks that occupy the bottom of the talent pyramid but are, unfortunately very numerous, and constitute as much as 50% of the leadership cadre. They have little talent, and know it; they desire security first and foremost; they will follow whatever path to the security goal that might be laid out; regardless of its consequences. I am sure they are nice people, and they are kind people, but they have little talent. They are the material of which fascism is made. That being said, it is only fair to repeat what others have said before, and I paraphrase, evil wears a banal face.
The top 10% are hard-pressed by their workload, responsibilities, and duty, but are very valuable. The 40% are useful and might be able to dance in the same manner as the best, and the bottom 50% are the "trouble-makers". I don't mean to suggest that they, the clerks, should be on the little list of those who must go. I mean to suggest that the companies that employ them should first recognize their limited talent and work to replace them with something better.
More to come...