On the Danger of Using Anecdotes

On the Danger of Using Anecdotes

Posted on:Jun 23 2016
Captured by:Austin M
Method:Previous Writings

The leader often expresses himself by anecdote. In doing so, he is representing a false picture of who he is. This may win the admiration of his followers, but it imposes an inaccurate model – one based on the exception instead of the norm.

The followers compare their norm with the leader’s artificial super-norm and believe there to be an unbridgeable gap. For the leader, this secures his “high-place” among those around him. For the follower, this motivates a sense of utter futility. The practice of presenting the exception as the norm is patently dishonest.


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