Why Boarding Schools Produce Bad Leaders

This scholar makes a correlation between people that attended boarding schools and their emotional emptiness in leadership positions. Cameron and Boris take bad raps, and I can't shuck off the feeling about folks I know with privilege background and entitlement complex. A very controversial article (over a 100, 000 shares) but it challenges early childhood development and certain childhood damages.

"My studies show that children survive boarding by cutting off their feelings and constructing a defensively organised self that severely limits their later lives. Cameron, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt, Andrew Mitchell, Oliver Letwin et al tick all the boxes for being boarding-school survivors. For socially privileged children are forced into a deal not of their choosing, where a normal family-based childhood is traded for the hothousing of entitlement. Prematurely separated from home and family, from love and touch, they must speedily reinvent themselves as self-reliant pseudo-adults.

Paradoxically, they then struggle to properly mature, since the child who was not allowed to grow up organically gets stranded, as it were, inside them. In consequence, an abandoned child complex within such adults ends up running the show. This is why many British politicians appear so boyish. They are also reluctant to open their ranks to women, who are strangers to them and unconsciously held responsible for their abandonment by their mothers. With about two-thirds of the current cabinet from such a background, the political implications of this syndrome are huge – because it's the children inside the men running the country who are effectively in charge."

- Why Boarding Schools Produce Bad Leaders