New Leaders. New Age?
But Not Necessarily Wiser.
The Shape of Leadership To Come
Updates: 6/16/2009. David Brooks, NYT op-ed, You Be Obama, ://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/16/opinion/16brooks.htmlnotes, "Not bad for a skinny guy...."; 6/8/2009. First vindication. For all you who wrote that this physical-type approach has no basis in reality (your college text in your Psych 101 was not like mine, where these types were nakedly displayed), see the NYT at C7 today - article In Iraq, Stephen Colbert Has Shtick for Troops: Reporter Campbell Robinson notes the "skinny comedy writers" milling around in Saddam Hussein's Palace. The invasion of the Ectomorphs, and awareness of it, proceeds on schedule with schlock and blah. But is the Colbert troupe athletic?
Here we focus on the 21st Century displacement of the Mesomorph by the Ectomorph - the biggest Change of all, happening right before our eyes. Leaders. The Athletic Ectomorph - in Leadership positions, movie screens, are suddenly full of them. The visual evidence is overwhelming. Look at your morning paper. What kinds of faces and bodies are the movers and groovers these days. What shapes used to be. Have we any humor left in looking at ourselves.
Unfortunately for most ectomorphs, the Winner Ectomorph only becomes an Uber-Winner if he or she also has or fakes the "Big Five" personality traits. Some of these are not natural to an ectomorph:
"openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness, stability and extroversion."See that Big Five personality winner list at "Message In What We Buy," New York Times, at ://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/19/science/19tier.html/ Still, many ectomorphs manage to do them - and succeed in leadership - wildly.
Somatotypes. Body/mind. Ectomorph Lt. General Stanley A. McChrystal replaces Mesomorph General David D. McKiernan. Ectomorph Obama replaces Mesomorph Bush. Ectomorph Rahm Emmanuel. Orlando Bloom replaces all other bulkier Mesomorph Crusaders. And the Ectomorphs prevail. A fragile ectomorph may be at a disadvantage in several ways; but an athletic, fit, tough-cored ectomorph is the stealth physique emerging.
Whassup? Shout out at http://changingminds.org/explanations/personality/sheldon_personality.htm/. Somatotypes at ://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/553976/somatotype/. Biological bases for personality characteristics, see Teaching Clinical Psychology at ://www-usr.rider.edu/~suler/somato.html/ Few people would be solely this or that, most fall in some blend. Nonetheless, we see a trend in emerging influence.
All, or at least, most, of the positives culturally touted to toot the mesomorphs may be melting, melting, m-e-e-e-e-e-l-l-t-i-i-i-i-ng-ngngngngng! Puddle. Pan away.
Eclipsed for decades, while the dominant Mesomorphs statined themselves up, the Ectomorphic long and narrow emerge at the top - finally. Mesomorphs are still in play, but their bulk is no advantage. Dated. Passe. Poor ectomorph females who had to mesomorph up their tops to make it in the big time - can they relax now? Not yet, if Trumps continue to trompe us, see ://www.thefreedictionary.com/trompe/, but soon. Even he will pass.
For now, just ask: How much bulk is really needed. See the unweak at work -- Women in War at Studying War.
What transpired: while headliners and high schoolers in the past decades muscled up, ordered their big-chested suits, learned to swagger with the help of their leadership coaches, like acting school - keep arms out from the sides, swing them purposefully even if robotically, like bow-legged arms would swing, act like you're in charge. The uber-built mesos spoke of themselves as well proportioned, developed, while wily and wiser ectomorphs bided their time. Either to aid human progress, or trip it up, as people will.
What about the endomorphs, with their softer bodies, amenability. Thyey continue watch, bemused, enjoy, follow along, carry on with their own lives. Is that so?
Age of Mesomorph Worship: Gone, we hope. Like other Jurassics whose muscle mass lost its usefulness. Inability to adapt. Need to return to normal balances, less extremes.
Age of Ectomorph. Now on top in movies, politics, religion, warfare. See those narrow shoulders everywhere you look, sometimes stooped just a tad. The ease in the stride. Fragile? Don't you wish. But are they wise? See FodderSight, Global "Wisdom Party" Selects Leaders.
I. The Ascendant Ectomorph.
Flatty chests, even if sculpted; including many of the ladeez (exclude the bazoom-enhanced - those folks want an ectomorph totality with a mesomorph chest. See category below. Worth it? They and the crutch-needing gents must think so). Tall perhaps. Thin, most. The Ectomorph. Prefers privacy, introspective, mentally intense, large brain, emotionally restrained, etc. See Teaching Clinical Psychology site.
A. Benign ectomorphs.
- Orlando Bloom not improperly cast as a sword-wielding Crusader in Kingdom of Heaven, see ://www.imdb.com/title/tt0320661/. He is properly cast as an ectomorph, showing what can be done without bulges - much to the dismay of those who see no further than the bicep.
- President Obama - narrow, lean. Person of good will, absence of malice overtly shown (does evil lurk?) Inclusive. Strong endurance and judgment - any body surfer develops those.
- Star Trek - every good guy/gal in the film is an ectomorph. Built like ironing boards. And winning. Some of those ectomorphs are logical, some emotional, some a blend; but capable of learning how to work together, how they need each other. No superiority.
- John Kerry
- Lt. General Stanley A. McChrystal, now heading up in Afghanistan
Body shape has nothing to do with moral character. Some ectomorphs are despicable, as any other people can be - judging, piety uber alles. Intervening in the lives of others without introspecting their own. By contrast, a Star Trek benign ectomorph is anti-intervention.
- Uriah Heep, as in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield, at ://www.online-literature.com/dickens/copperfield/; described as cadaverous, high-shouldered, bony, long and lank skeletal hand, at http://www.online-literature.com/view.php/copperfield/15?term=uriah%20heep/ (Chapter 15). Do a search for Uriah at the home page, and see all the references.
- Emperor, Star Wars
- Cardinal Wolsey (annulled the marriage of Queen Katherine of Aragon to King Henry VIII after 20 years because of no surviving heirs)
- Wicked Witch of the West
But most ectomorphs, whether malignant or benign, are said to have a strong introspective quality.
For an overview of body types and personality, this an old worldview rotating back up, at Personality Types, at ://www.upkedupke.com/art/personality_types.html/ We add the malignant-benign aspect, because those are indefinable but variably experientially sound, depending on who is on the receiving end of effects. We will add the male-female as we go.
C. Ectomorphs benign or malignant, depending on if they are for you or against you:
- White House's Rahm Emmanuel
- Iran's Ahmedinejad
- Wanda Sykes
II. The Receding Mesomorph.
The image of the mesomorph is now tarnished for ineffectiveness of musculature in modern world. Stocky, whether tall or short; powerfully built, shorter legs in proportion to top, squatty, bulgeous-some; not necessarily overweight at all. Bricky shape. Bullnecky for the big ones. Adventurous, power-seeking, indifferent to wants or needs of others, assertive, competitive, physically active. See Teaching Clinical Psychology site.
A. Benign Mesomorphs:
- Jon Stewart.
- The bad guys are, what do you call them? Mesomorphs. Stocky, muscular, whether tall or short.
- Robert Gibbs
- Bill Clinton
- General David D. McKiernan
- Former Vice President Dick Cheney
- Karl Rove
- Rush Limbaugh
- John Boehner
- Kim Jong Il
- Josef Stalin
III. The Ever-Sounding Board Endomorph
That leaves a last type - the endomorph, the rotund. Roundy, pear-shaped perhaps. Love food, tolerant, emotionally balanced, love comfort, sociable, relaxed, need affection. See Clinical Psychology site. These are the voters others want to persuade. Add R2D2.
IV. Indefinable Somatotype - hybrids, The Mutt, The Mix
Physical shape and personality correlations depend on good information. Here, who knows.
Speaking of Star Trek, who else spotted the Wardrobe Malfunction - the shiny tighty sweatery 60's top of Spock the Younger (not Spock the Kid or Spock the Venerable) had a hanger bump - - right shoulder, just like out of your own closet. Blip. First to verify by secret photograph receives a free tea bag.