Juhtimine ja organisatsioonid on sageli mõtestatud eeskätt just organisatsioonide ja ettevõtluse piires, kuigi nii juhtimine kui organisatsioonid haaravad märksa avaramaid välju. Siinviidatu leidiski oma koha eeskätt põhjusel, et käsitleb juhtimist Ukraina sõja kontekstis. Tekst võiks huvi pakkuda nii organisatsiooni ja juhtimishuvilistele kui üldisemalt valitsemisest, rahvusvahelistest suhetest, kultuurist ja kriitilisest mõtlemisest huvitatutele.

Lugemismõnu suurendamiseks võiks lugemise ajal mõelda muuhulgas sellele, missuguseid pingeid tekst ei puuduta ja – jääb mulje – isegi väldib. Kas tippajakirjas ilmunud tekstis esitatud väited on piisavate tõenditega varustatud?

Kontekstiks:

In the morning hours of 24 February 2022, Vladimir Putin ordered his army to invade the sovereign nation of Ukraine. This full-scale assault on Ukraine’s territorial integrity marks the return of high-intensity conventional warfare involving a major power, not seen in Europe since 1945.

Autor küsib:

The question is what makes 2022 different from these other junctures; and are there any leadership lessons in this?

Lihtsustused:

Although there are some exceptions, the idea of a particular day changing the course of history is rather overblown. Epochal change rarely revolves around a single event but is typically a longer process. Key historical dates, such as 4 July 1776, 14 July 1789, or 9 November 1989, are heuristic shortcuts that mark the moment when the boiling water vaporizes into steam.

Puude taga on siiski mets:

But the events that occurred on them—like the signing of the declaration of Independence or the storming of the Bastille—are merely the climax of longer processes that then continue beyond. The same is true for 24 February 2022: it represents the point in the process where the masks came off and the ambiguity dissipated.

Tõend või hinnang?

If 2014 was heralded as a return of geopolitics, then the idea now is that of a full-swing return of history. Putin’s own biased reading of Ukrainian history—his negation of the country’s specific cultural persona and right to exist as a sovereign nation, tied together by claims that the Russian-speaking populations had to be protected from “Nazis”—featured prominently in his TV appearances prior to the invasion.

Paralleelide otsinguil:

Another type of comparison we have seen is that between Putin and other leaders. The focal image here is that of the fake TIME Magazine—Putin’s head upon which Hitler’s moustache is superimposed. The “Putler” phenomenon emerged already in 2014, when several Western politicians, most prominently Hilary Clinton, 6 ventured into drawing comparison between certain aspects in Putin’s behavior—his incalculability and disregard for international norms—and Hitler’s diplomacy of the 1930s.

Putinismist:

Rather than putting extreme ideology left, right, and center, Putinism exploits this in an opportunistic and, ultimately, cynical manner. […] In reality, Putinism is a hodge-podge of Sovietism, Orthodoxy, Eurasianism, ultra-conservatism, anti-liberalism, New Paganism, antiwokism, warrior cult, corruption, rule by thugs, and kleptocracy (CNN, 2022); all sustained by tight control of the media sphere and an ability to neuter any cognitive dissonance with a judicious mix of conspiracy theory and virtual reality.

Toetajad (kus on allikaviited?):

Putin’s approval ratings among the Russian population show that this war may not be his sole personal affair, but coincide with strictures and structures of Russia as a society.

Lugemishuvi suurendamiseks:

In a tribute to Hannes Adomeit, who died on 25 April 2022, Joachim Krause, Director of the Institute for Security Policy at Kiel University, writes the following: “Unfortunately, this advice (i.e. to expect a more aggressive Russia, and regardless of any action by NATO members, P.S.), like so many others, was ignored by the advisors of the German Chancellor (I am not naming names now), the Foreign Minister, and many other politicians and policy makers, who today are surprised to find that they were wrong about Putin (Krause, 2022).

Sanders, P. (2022). Ukraine 2022, through the leadership binoculars. Leadership. https://doi.org/10.1177/17427150221107265