American Scholar, Spring 2010
Article: Solitude and Leadership
Author: William Deresiewicz
Why is it so often that the best people are stuck in the middle and the people who are running things—the leaders—are the mediocrities? Because excellence isn’t usually what gets you up the greasy pole. What gets you up is a talent for maneuvering. Kissing up to the people above you, kicking down to the people below you. Pleasing your teachers, pleasing your superiors...
Henry David Thoreau looks alive and well in the body of William Deresiewicz.