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

What is Predatory Leadership (PL)?


Thank you for visiting the home page for IMPADA (International Movement for Peace and Dignity for All), a new NGO (non-governmental organization) in the planning stages. We welcome your input in the design, development and execution of this new NGO. In preparation for the visit, please consider the following questions and information:

Do you believe it will ever be possible for humanity to achieve a condition in which there is no war, poverty, famine or corruption?

If you found a program that provided pragmatic means to create a foundation for transforming our current civilization into the world described in the question above, what would you do?

  • For the purposes of this article, the word, “leadership”, applies to any person or system that initiates actions towards another.
  • The dominant member of a domestic couple or family;
  • the criminal who attacks his or her victims; the doctors and therapists who run healing practices;
  • the supervisors in middle management and in government bureaucracies whose efforts affect people within and outside of their organizations;
  • those who run businesses, churches, work crews, gangs, companies, non-profit organizations, armies, terrorists groups and nations; all are functioning as leaders in some way.

One could say that we believe there are three kinds of leaders:
(1) those who help improve the human condition;
(2) those who are passive and ineffective in with regard to the human condition, and (3) those whose actions cause harm and damage the human condition.

IMPADA was founded to increase the number of leaders in the first category, empower those in the second category in positive ways, and to replace the third type, the toxic leaders, also referred to as predatory leaders.


The mission of IMPADA is to educate and train people to (1) recognize the signs and characteristics of the phenomenon we call predatory leadership and (2) lay the groundwork, through education and support, to develop a robust degree of public awareness and understanding, enabling us to work together to eliminate predatory leadership from the human experience.

When people have more knowledge, they will be able to make better choices about whom they follow, elect, promote and marry.

Since the formation of the United Nations in 1945, the world’s most powerful nations have contributed billions of dollars towards ending humanity’s worst problems. According to Paul Hawken, author and visionary, more than a million organizations and over 100 million people are working toward ecological sustainability and social justice. Yet in spite of funding, conviction, and passionate efforts, millions of people are living today in conditions of war, famine, poverty, slavery and other violations of human rights. Why has such a massive effort failed to end these problems?

I believe those doing good work have thus far not considered the critical negative impact that predatory leaders have in business, culture, religion and the environment. Predatory leaders are extremely harmful and successful in the harm they do to others. Predatory leaders think and function differently from most people in very specific ways. They are able to cause harm to others because, unlike most of us, their brains lack the capacity to feel authentic love or empathy for others. They also lack the capacity to feel responsible for the consequences of their actions that caused harm to others. They feel entitled to achieve their goals without regard for the consequences, and their lack of empathy and conscience contribute to their ability to initiate actions that, over the centuries and currently, cause harm to billions of people. Different titles are applied to those who function along this particular psychological spectrum. These titles include psychopath, sociopath, anti-social personality disorder, narcissist, and abusive personalities. Psychiatrist and social scientist, Andrew Lobaczewski, invented the term “pathocracy” to describe the ability of such personalities to take over societies and governments.



Depending upon which research you read, psychopaths comprise between one and four percent of the population. That means, in contrast to Hawken’s estimate of over 100 million people working to do good in the world, between 70 million and 300 million people are exercising predatory leadership to thwart their efforts. For various reasons, millions more people who may not have psychopathic symptoms work with and for predatory leaders, some eventually becoming predatory leaders themselves. One reason is that predatory leaders have been successful for so many centuries that public opinion presumes that success requires the ability to make decisions that will cause harm to others; as a result, such behavior is not seen as the aberration that it is; instead, many people believe that in order to become a successful leader, such behavior is normal and even required.

One consequence of this dynamic is that many believe we have a system that is too big to fail; therefore many people feel powerless to create sustainable change.

When the missing information revealing the true nature of predatory leadership is available and understood worldwide, we will be able to create changes in the human condition comparable to the sweeping improvement in medicine that was made possible by the invention of the microscope.

The current working definition of predatory leadership:

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).

Excerpts: Paul Hawken – The World’s Largest Social Movement – ENTER THE DISCUSSION

The world’s largest movement has no name, no leader, and no ideology, yet it involves more than 100 million people. Paul Hawken, in his inspiring speech at Bioneers, says, “The movement cannot be divided because it is atomized – small pieces loosely joined. It forms, gathers, and dissipates quickly. Many inside and out dismiss it as powerless, but it has been known to bring down governments, companies, and leaders through witnessing, informing, and massing.” The prominent scholar and author adds, “This movement is not burdened with a syndrome of trying to save the world; it is trying to remake the world.”

“I now believe there are over one million organizations working toward ecological sustainability and social justice. This is the largest social movement in all of history, no one knows its scope, and how it functions is more mysterious than what meets the eye. What binds it together is ideas, not ideologies. The promise of this unnamed movement is to offer solutions to what appear to be insoluble dilemmas: poverty, global climate change, terrorism, ecological degradation, polarization of income, loss of culture.”

Paul Hawken is the author of Blessed Unrest and co-author of Natural Capitalism.

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