Value Creators

Episode #23 Moshik Temkin on Leadership By Warriors, Rebels, and Saints - Leadership Wisdom from the Pages of History

November 29, 2023 Hunter Hastings Episode 23
Value Creators
Episode #23 Moshik Temkin on Leadership By Warriors, Rebels, and Saints - Leadership Wisdom from the Pages of History
Show Notes

Moshik Temkin is a historian who offers an alternative perspective on leadership. He asks, do leaders make history or does history make leaders? Those two forces can’t be separated. While leaders contribute to shaping history, they are also molded by powerful historical forces. This nuanced perspective is evident in analyses of historical figures like FDR, Margaret Thatcher, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X, emphasizing the role of circumstances in leadership's response to complex historical challenges, ultimately leading to significant changes in their respective nations. The conversation explores moral leadership in the civil rights movement, comparing the approaches of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Despite their distinct styles, both leaders shared a commitment to collective progress and justice, challenging the prevailing emphasis on individual success. Temkin addresses the ethical dilemmas leaders encounter during crises, prompting reflection on the justifiability of extreme measures for the sake of victory.

How does this discussion contribute to the question of leadership in business? Leadership is subjective. We look to those who we feel can guide us, whether in politics or business. There are principles that cross both fields.

Resources:
 
https://www.moshiktemkin.com/warriors-rebels-saints
https://www.moshiktemkin.com/

Shownotes:

0:00 | Intro

02:03 | Leadership and Its Impact On History

07:04 | Leadership in Japanese Decision-Making During WWII

11:34 | Leadership Decisions During World War II

17:39 | Atomic Bomb Decision-Making During WWII

20:45 | Core Assumptions in Decision-Making 

23:23 | Machine Making Decisions VS Individual Making Decisions

26:04 | Abysmal Leadership and The Cuban Missile Crisis

30:14 | Individual Leadership Defined With Examples 

45:08 | Wrap up: Conclusion