Finding Shaka Zulu in the Attic
New Horizons in Leadership Studies series
25/10/04 1:15 PM Page 1 Introduction Hail! Hail! This land is yours, child of my compatriot, You shall rule over nations and their kings You shall rule over peoples of diverse traditions You shall even rule over the winds and the sea storms And the pool of large rivers that run deep; And all things shall obey you with unquestioning obedience, And shall kneel at your feet! O yes, oi! oi! Yet you must go by the right path. (Thomas Mofolo, Chaka) The strongest drink or smoke of all, however, is power. Be careful, then, to mix it well with mercy, and the reasoning of your counselors and friends, lest it overwhelm you and you become like a mad bull, who, having killed all his opponents, starts goring his defenseless cows and calves and finally charges against the walls of his own kraal and senselessly breaks his neck instead of walking through the open gate of reason. (E.A. Ritter, Shaka Zulu) The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. … This and no other is the root from which tyranny springs. (Plato, The Republic) Awe is composed of reverence and dread. I often think that people today have nothing left but the dread. (Christa Wolf, Cassandra) The goal of this book is to better understand a special type of leadership: leadership by terror. Whether we talk about autocrats, tyrants, despots, totalitarian regimes or violent rule, the subject of terror is a contemporary problem,...