Revolution and Change

I’ve been tracking events in Egypt recently. They’ve gotten me to thinking about one of my favorite historical topics and personal specialties–revolution. Leadership confronts very unique conditions and situations in revolution. One of them is the relationship between revolution and change. Today, we’re pounded with messages that every change is a revolution. Not true at all. Sometimes, often times, change is just that–change. It becomes a revolution when a boundary of degree and proportion and intentionality is crossed. A revolution involves sweeping change that breaks through categories and borders. A revolution is driven by a set of beliefs, of expectations, of perceptions, of grievances. Change is but a part of revolution, and not all change rises to the level of revolution. A leader can get into problems when he or she confuses the two.