If you found a way to end humanity’s worst examples of social injustice, what would you do?

International Movement for Peace and Dignity for All (IMPADA)

International Movement for Peace and Dignity for All (IMPADA)

Matt Kramer
August 18, 2013
Executive Summary

Predatory Leadership is a contemporary condition that evolved over centuries out of the efforts of a small percentage of the population whose policies & agendas reflect their mental, emotional and subconscious investment into attaining their goals, openly or covertly, by any means, with complete disregard or concern for the impact of their actions upon others. On a personal, domestic, corporate, national and international level, elements of narcissistic behavior pervade all realms of predatory leadership; the consequences have resulted in a manipulation and distortion of civilization to the extent that, for many, humanity’s worst expressions of social injustice are normalized as endemic and inevitable.
(Kramer, 2014).

Vision and Mission Statements

The International Movement for Peace and Dignity for All (IMPADA) envisions a world free of war, poverty, famine, corruption and exploitation: a world in which no child is ever denied the opportunity to achieve her or his greatest potential.

IMPADA’s mission is to provide information, training and motivation to inspire the general public to participate in achieving a world wide condition of peace and dignity for everyone by (1) identifying and mitigating the core contributors to humanity’s greatest problems and (2) replacing toxic leaders with women and men whose style of leadership is collaborative, compassionate and humane.

Considerations:

Clarification on the nature of leadership:

Anyone who makes an effort to influence, manipulate, harm or control another is taking a form of leadership action. The leader could be a dominant sibling or a spouse as well as anyone controlling an organization, department, military, nation, resistance movement or gang of any size. Predatory Leadership (PL) can be seen in cases of domestic violence and child abuse as well as in corrupt governments, exploitive corporate practices and the most horrific examples of terrorists’ behavior towards their victims.

Roots of Predatory Leadership:

According to experts in the study of psychopathic behavior, psychopaths comprise between one and four percent of the general population. Dr. Robert Hare, noted researcher on psychopaths in the prison environment, developed the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R), currently the instrument most used by trained professionals to assess the presence and degree of psychopathic behavior in a subject. It is important to note that there is some controversy among researchers regarding the accuracy and application of the PCL-R (Cooke, Michie & Skeem ,2007) but for the purposes of IMPADA, three of the twenty traits used in the assessment are relevant and applicable in the execution of PL: lack of empathy, lack of conscience and a display of narcissistic self-entitlement. To these three traits, I add a trait described by Patricia Evans: in the mind of the abuser, he is the only victim (Evans, 2010). The combination of these four traits results in a perfect storm of behaviors that enables toxic personalities to dishonestly outmaneuver or outperform their competition with devastating consequences to others including, but not limited to, the following: achieve the top levels of power and control in any institution or organization; cause harm to others without any sense of conscience, feeling or responsibility, and manipulate their followers, employees, soldiers, etc., to behave in the same manner or risk being ostracized from the organization, or worse.

It is the premise of PL that for thousands of years, psychopaths have been often invisible yet so powerfully effective in employing and disseminating their means to achieve their ends that many people presume these means are endemic to human nature. As a result, many people are resigned to the beliefs that conditions such as war, corruption and poverty are inevitable. Ironically, empathetic people with leadership potential will refuse leadership roles because they presume they will have to make decisions that will cause harm to others. Additionally, people who have the potential to lead with integrity as compassionate and collaborative leaders refuse to do so because they do not want to be associated with institutions that appear to be impossible to run without deviousness and corruption. These presumptions leave the field of leadership more accessible to those whose personalities register on the psychopathic scale.

“It may seem daunting, but I am a prisoner of hope. We are more connected than ever before, we have more knowledge, and there are solutions if we work together . . . What unites us is our common humanity” – Bishop Desmond Tutu

One of the most effective consequences of toxic leaders in the use of propaganda for manipulating their followers/soldiers to commit harmful acts against others is the marginalization and compromising of empathy. When the leader is exhorting his followers to honor the movement, protect the nation against enemies, or demonizing fellow citizens who belong to a different church, race or political party, he is playing on their empathy on behalf their family, fellow countryman, etc. But in the process, counter to Tutu’s declaration that we are all interconnected, he dissolves and disputes any connection to his targets, describing the enemy as “other”, “less than”, and sub human.

This also happens politically when members of one group employ a magnified or artificial disapproval for a specific group of people as a tool for advancing a personal agenda (think immigrants, welfare moms, pro-choice issues, gay marriage, etc.) This compromise and suppression of empathy towards others may be one of the most effective tools for rationalizing war and sustaining other conditions, including poverty and slavery, that are causing harm to millions of people in today’s world.

Fulfilling the Mission

IMPADA was founded in response to the premise that over the centuries, psychopaths have had a greater influence on civilization than most people realize.

Additional premises include that due to their lack of integrity and willingness to employ any means to achieve their goals, psychopaths are better equipped to attain positions of power and control than those who would be more compassionate and collaborative as leaders. However, once they do achieve those positions, their leadership is exemplified more by the harm they cause than any real benefit to their constituencies. In response, I believe that when people learn to recognize the true nature, motivation and methodologies of narcissistic and psychopathic people (akin to the invention of the microscope revealing the relationship between bacteria and infection), they will be able to make better choices about whom they follow, elect, promote and marry. This will be the first step towards transforming civilization into a more ideal state free of the world’s worst problems.

In order to fulfill its mission, IMPADA will engage a four step program that begins with promoting its message to the most receptive audiences. Information will be shared in the form of public lectures, ebooks, printed books, comic books, videos, interviews and other media that can be shared in multiple formats. Articles will be submitted to progressive media institutions such as Mother Jones, the American Prospect, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Progressive, NPR, Pacifica Radio and the many small urban publications around the nation such as the LA Weekly and the Village Voice.

The second step will be to use the media and lecture opportunities to attract members and possibly new staff to work on behalf of the mission.

Recruiting ties directly into the third step: to provide interested parties with trainings and materials to start their own groups whose members, likewise, will be invited to start their own groups, spreading the word in a geometric progression. With the benefit of new information gleaned from the training, each member has the opportunity to better recognize early signs of PL and make better decisions about whom they follow, elect, promote and marry.

The fourth step will be to lobby for educational reform that provides curriculum that will stimulate and motivate youth to participate in the civic arena and prepare themselves to replace the predatory leaders of the world as they die out. This step includes the encouragement of critical thinking and emotional intelligence beginning in age appropriate ways as early as kindergarten and first grade. Children raised with EQ principles not only tend to do better academically, they are more self reliant, respectful of others, resistant to bullying and more innovative with their ideas. For example, with unfettered imaginations and “spontaneous compassion”, fourth graders have come up with valid suggestions for achieving world peace (Hunter, 2011).

Supplying the Needs of the Market

As with the invention of any new product, the entrepreneur needs to educate the public about how the new product is worthy of their attention and will improve the quality of their lives. The key to IMPADA’s success is in creating a community of activists sharing goals centered around a desire to achieve a civilization free of the oppression and exploitation that is endured and accepted in today’s world.

When asked if world peace will ever be possible, many people shake their heads. But then I ask, “Who do you know that prefers a world of war, poverty and famine?” With the revelation that they personally do not know of anyone who seriously appreciates the status quo, I invite them to consider the possibility that they have more support and resources for positive change available than they realize. I do not have all the answers; I have faith in the collective thinking of multitudes of humanitarian activists; there are hundreds of millions of activists at work around the globe today (Hawken, 2007). From that point, I invite them, for the sake of their great-grandchildren, to join the collective and take one step towards healing the future of their descendants by listening to the hypotheses that drive the study of predatory leadership; if all they do is share that step with another, they have already contributed to the momentum we need to achieve that future free of war, famine, poverty and corruption. If they can believe in that potential, they will want to support the services of IMPADA.

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References

Cooke, D., Michie, C. & Skeem, J. (2007). Understanding the structure of the Psychopathy Checklist – Revised: An exploration of methodological confusion. The British Journal of Psychiatry. doi 10.1192/bjp.190.5.s39

Evans, P. (2010). The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to recognize it and how to respond. Avon, MA: Adams Media.

Hawken, P. (2007). To Remake the World. Web 8.19.2013:
http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/265/

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Hunter, J. (2011).
Teaching with the World Peace Game. Web 8.19.2013:

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