The ‘Cheat’ and the ‘Spoilsport’
"You can't play the game if you don't know the rules"
All play has its rules. These rules are a very important factor in the play-concept. Here I refer to Huizinga’s ‘Play Theory’. Within contemporary leadership ideas, with the rules of performance and its ‘staged authenticity’, where the status of a person is measured in terms of visibility and activity, one must stick to the rules of the game. The rules of this play are absolutely binding and permit no doubt. According to the French poet, essayist and philosopher Paul Valéry, no scepticism is possible where the rules of a game are concerned, for the principle underlying them is an unshakable truth. Indeed, as soon as the rules are disobeyed, the whole play-world collapses. The player who trespasses against the rules or ignores them is a ‘spoilsport’.