Commandism and Tailism are boundaries that are on purpose poorly defined. Let’s say you are part of a political movement, or you are working for a company. The leader of the political movement or a leader in your company asks you to do a special task or project. You approach it with enthusiasm and get it done on time and better than expected. Everything should be good. You should be recognized for your extraordinary efforts.
Yet, you are chastised for being too enthusiastic. You did your project too well. The leader feels threatened because he feels that other will look at you as the leader. He puts you in your place by telling you that he appreciates what you did for him but that you showed too much enthusiasm and care in completing the project. As a result, you are no longer asked to work on any significant projects or tasks. This is because you violated the law of Commandism. You were impetuous. You took too much command.
Did you? Here’s the problem, “too much” is never defined. As a result, the leader controls the situation by eliminating or minimizing those who show, in his opinion, too much leadership. He can’t stand your threat to his leadership. As a result, he makes an example of you. In totalitarian regimes you mysteriously disappear. In business you either get fired, demoted or keep your title with less responsibilities. Other people see this and take note. They are not going to be accused of Commandism.