What is Fethullah Gülen’s concept of leadership?

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Fethullah Gülen

Fethullah Gülen argues that “single-person leadership is no longer viable.” He says, “As everything has become so detailed, particularized, specified, and enumerated, tasks now assume such forms that even unique, outstanding individuals cannot accomplish them by themselves. That is why the place of genius has been now replaced by collective consciousness with consultative and collective decision making.”

About leadership in the Gülen Movement specifically, Fethullah Gülen says, “Behind the institutions are many people and companies from almost all walks of life regardless of their worldview, beliefs, and lifestyles …What I have done is only encourage people.” The assumption that almost a thousand institutions and millions of volunteers and participants in the Gülen Movement across the world are governed by Fethullah Gülen or any other single individual or a specific group of people, is absolutely untenable.