Leadership is as inflated as the Japanese Yen: Here a leader, there a leader, everywhere a self-proclaimed leader.
There are hundreds of thousands of books, blog posts and articles attempting to instruct individuals on how to best be a leader. Many offer great advice. Unfortunately, almost none of these define leadership in the context of quantifiable metrics.
Many leaders exist in many varieties in the world, yes, but the concept of leadership has been focus-grouped and watered down to lack any comparable measure for leaders of opposing trades. Our elected officials are a joke, there are incompetent CEOs running organizations into the ground and gossip has become a profitable and reputable source of news.
Here is a model to focus our attention on those leaders we should pay attention to. We are setting a legitimate bar for leadership. No more, “practice this and win a trophy,” NO. Introducing:
“Chief” is defined as the ruler of a people or clan (if a noun) and, “most important,” (if an adjective). We’re combining the two. In short, Chief Law defines the best leaders of the world, regardless of their title, privilege or fanbase.
It is an aspirational level of leadership beyond the use of its key word in titles such as “Chief Executive Officer” (CEO) or other such promotion-based uses of the term.
A Chief, defined via Chief Law, rules over a boundary-free Chiefdom. One cannot simply claim ownership within Chief Law; he or she must earn their keep.
“Why is this relevant?” you ask.
“Because bad leaders are shaping the minds of our youth to be just like them,” I reply.
For example, the word “epic” is used to describe both this:
People seem so concerned with promoting themselves that they refuse the restraint to realistically promote themselves.
Establishing a pinnacle for leadership, defining that pinnacle as clearly as possible, and acknowledging that most will never reach such a pinnacle may be the dose of humility we all (myself included) need.
There are 5 tenants of Chief Law. They are as follows:
Chiefs are determined within a certain trade, which doesn’t necessarily translate into “profession.” You could be the Chief of Rap, Chief of Fan Stewardship or Chief of Pop Culture just by being a rapper. To be considered a Chief, according to Chief Law, one must demonstrate both expertise and influence in their trade.
For example, the President of the United States may not be the Chief of Politics. It could be a ruler of a different country or another member of government. Chiefdoms are not earned through positions of power, they are earned through one’s output.
The second tenant of Chief Law demands that no more than one Chief may exist in any trade.
“Why?” you ask. “Because if two people are equal in their expertise and influence, neither can be the “most important,” the adjective definition of “Chief.”
In order for one to become a Chief, an individual must either fill a vacuum or replace a sitting Chief, which brings us the third tenant.
Becoming a Chief, like becoming President of the United States, is not an immortal title. Chiefdom must be earned and maintained, and wanes along with one’s influence.
For example, Britney Spears would likely be considered the Chief of Pop Music from 1998 until 2003 or so. She’s still around; she’s still ridiculously popular, but she is not causing enough of a hysteria to obviously outshine any competitor.
One cannot maintain their Chiefdom when they have died for the same reason that Thomas Jefferson can’t rule America in 2016: he’s dead.
But how is one such as Britney Spears declared “Chief”?
Supporters and detractors must both agree that one wields enough competence/influence to be Chief. Chiefdoms are nearly universally agreed upon, so battles between rappers to determine who is the illest in the game is a clear tell that neither are “iller” than the other: they see each other as equals worth arguing over.
Chiefs earn respect even among those who otherwise despise them. Eminem may have been the Chief of Rap for one or two years in the early 2000’s for the simple fact that those who loved and those who hated him all agreed his influence in expanding the demographic of rap fans was something to respond to.
There MUST be a demonstration of competence and influence, according to Chief Law, for one to be a Chief. That doesn’t happen just because people love you. Chiefdoms aren’t hereditary.I don’t mean the religious 10 Commandments, I mean those 10 Commandments as they apply to Ethical Leadership. Read all 10 here (preview of the 1st two provided below!)
That’s it. Five simple rules to define the pinnacle of leadership, the Chief. We may all aspire to be Chiefs by improving our expertise, increasing our influence, and mastering the 10 Commandments of Leadership.
Only a select few; however, will ever receive the title of Chief. After all, it is not something one can just claim.
The 1st Two Commandments of Ethical Leadership (Preview, Click Here To Read The Rest)