Patriarchy, Leadership and Education
Chapter 3. Leadership
Sacred authority and emotion are neglected and often ignored; when acknowledged, they are thought to be weak, impressionistic concepts, and more myth than reality—ideas to be avoided, if not scorned. Sense experience and intuition, while acknowledged, do not enjoy equal standing with secular authority, science and deductive logic. What results from not giving equal attention to all modes is an impoverished management theory and a leadership practice that may not be leadership at all. —Thomas Sergiovanni (1992)
Leaders are the co-conspirators of patriarchy. If patriarchy is responsible for the social pyramid upon which society is built, then leadership is the mechanism that built it and one of the most powerful universal mythologies. It is one of the key pillars of the democratic gulag and the most tangible expression of its ideology. Examining leadership reveals how patriarchy has worked in our human history. Leadership is the enforcement arm of patriarchy. As Hatcher (2005) pointedly expresses: “In the academic and policy literature the relationship between ‘leaders’ and ‘followers’ is often justified in instrumental, elitist, and patronising terms” (p. 261). Leaders are the commandants who maintain and run the democratic gulag. They have been and continue to be unrelentingly male despite superficial gains by women and minorities over the past century. Under the guise of freedom they deliver oppression and imprisonment, and under the charade of democracy they deliver benevolent dictatorship. As ← 127 | 128 → Bennis and Nanus (1985) state regarding the misuse of power...