“Violence can destroy power; it is utterly incapable of creating it.”
– Hannah Arendt
The concept of leadership can mean different things to each person. People have various styles of leadership. So what makes someone a leader, and how does he exert influence, or power, on others?
When I heard about Arendt’s theory of power in a class, I was first surprised by the seemingly paradoxical standpoint. Arendt says that violence is an indication of the lack of power. But use of violence and force is often associated with power, as we see in ever-increasing military forces in the world today. Continue reading