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Sunday, September 18, 2011

What Would A Leader Do?

We have a problem in this country.  We need someone to lead the country and we don’t have a leader to do it.  The people who are attempting to lead our nation are showing absolutely no signs of true leadership.  The economy is still down and people are really hurting (No, we’re not on the edge of another recession.  We’re still in an economic slump and I think it’s more of a depression than recession if you look at it objectively.).  Long-term unemployment is high and continues to be a major problem.  Businesses are still laying people off, struggling to pay their bills, and hoping to keep their doors open.  People are still losing their homes to foreclosure.  Everywhere you look things are tough.

At times like this is when people in leadership positions show whether they are cut out for their job.  In my new book, Many Are Called But Few Can Manage: How to Succeed in Management Where Most People Fail, I talk about the 17 characteristics of a true leader.  Each one is specific and a part of the character of a true leader.  Without those characteristics you show you’re not really cut out to be a leader.

One of those characteristics is the ability of a leader to put themselves in the place of others who are struggling, hurting, and suffering.  We don’t have that in the people who are attempting to lead our nation today.  We have people who are only worried about retaining their power.  There is no concern shown for the populace, for businesses that are the foundation of a solid and growing economy, for the country and its future.  We need to look back and remember what the reaction of great leaders are to circumstances as difficult as we face.  One of those was the father of our country, George Washington, who said, “Let your heart feel for the affliction and distress of everyone.”  We need another Washington.