On Leadership

Leaders treat people the way they want to be treated

Leaders build themselves up by building up others

Leaders surround themselves with the best people

Leaders give the team credit for success, and place failure on themselves

Leaders are not afraid to take risks and make mistakes

Leaders are aware of their leadership style and learn how their style comes across to their team

Leaders are effective communicators

Leaders respect others

Leaders care about the people involved

Leaders are honest and demonstrate integrity

Leaders are able to get people engaged and leverage the strength of others

Leaders empower people

Leaders building competencies and focus on the right things

Leaders are able to tolerate frustration and stress

Leaders deliver results

Leaders are active, expressive, optimistic, and energetic

Leaders have a sense of duty and carry a high standard of excellence

Leaders are thick-skinned

Leaders are practical, logical, and to-the-point, yet flexible and open to change

Leaders are secure – no need to seek approval

Leaders are socially aware and careful in their social interactions

Leaders envision the future and convince others and lead them in a new direction

Leaders are alert and focused

This man is not a leader

On Desired Leadership

There is no doubt in my mind that Americans currently desire one of two types of leaders: half of Americans want a leader based on their party affiliation, whereas the other half desires a leader who is willing to make difficult decision. While the first group cannot think beyond their respective ideology, the other tends to want what is best for the country.

Given his record to date, President Obama, despite his campaign rhetoric, has demonstrated to be an ideologue rallying on his party’s majority in both legislative chambers. Given that environment, he passed on opportunities to buck his own party. Granted, Republicans have intentionally been little to no help to President Obama, but that is still no excuse for following his own party.

With the possible control gain by Republicans in the upcoming mid-term election, President Obama seems to be set to shift his pattern. Whether or not he turns into a desired leader is for the future to decide.

Anyone thinking of Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) or Minority Leader Boehner (R-OH) as desirable leaders are operating more than a quart low. Both of these individuals have the same common concern: raise funds for the party and their leadership with the hopes of gaining power. Both are poster faces for what is wrong in Washington and why the public gives Congress low approval ratings. Both self-centered, ideological buffoons. Heck, we might as well include their lieutenants and their senate counterparts.

I appreciate this analogy from conservative columnist Cal Thomas:

Today’s Washington politician is like the guy who, after a one-night stand, tells the woman he’ll call her in the morning. He never does.

Anyone thinking that quasi-candidates as Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, or any other campaigner charmer are desired leaders are just as lost as Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Boehner, and their flock. These public figures are self-centered, polarizing individuals attempting to gain power at anyone’s expense.

Although our desired leader is lurking somewhere in the shadows, below are some desirable characteristics.

  • They practice what they preach
  • Do not focus on re-election
  • Do not make decisions based on pollsters
  • Challenge lobbyists in public
  • Refuse to be bound by special interest money
  • Go against their party
  • Challenge both parties in public
  • Distain polarized politics
  • Take the case to the people
  • Clear and honest communication with the people

In other words, our desired leader governs solely in the best interest of America. Wonder if I’ll ever see one.