Leadership, Individuals, and Mobs

from Dune (1965) by Frank HerbertRating: 4     (60 ratings)

There are those among my young men who have reached the age of wild spirits. They must be eased through this period. I must leave no great reasons around for them to challenge me. Because I would have to maim and kill among them. This is not the proper course for a leader if it can be avoided with honor. A leader, you see, is one of the things that distinguishes a mob from a people. He maintains the level of individuals. Too few individuals, and a people reverts to a mob.

- Stilgar

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