Leadership Rules Your Life

Leadership rules your life.

In the recent news you have a chance to bear witness to several people in politics and who knows, perhaps your personal life, try to win you over with what they would like you to think a leader would be. They offer varying opinions on what would be best for you and our country while gaining them the most, with the messages they send you in speeches and sometimes lectures. But is what they are telling you necessarily good leadership qualities or rather are their actions and words truly what we the people need in a leader.

First let's look at what a leader is. A leader, or should I say, a true leader is a person selected, usually by a group of people to do work or perform duties for the good of the group. Without the group or the people there is no real need for a leader. There may or may not be rules or a framework in which the leader needs to operate to lead the group. It is a symbiotic relationship. Look at any leader in the world at any time and without the people, he or she is no different than any other; just a person. That being said, anyone has the ability to be a leader. It is not a birth right, it is not a race right, it is not a religious right. It is a honor bestowed to a person, usually of high character and honor to look after those that have selected the leader.

With that being said, lets look at characteristics or what a Leader should not exhibit in their actions.
A leader is not blind to those around him. A leader evaluates as leads the group with their best interests in mind. This means the entire group. There is no luxury of leading only this part of the group and not that part of the group. It is the leaders duty to fully explain the decisions he or she makes to educate the group on the reason for decisions and the desired outcomes. To shepherd everyone in the group in the direction that will benefit the group as a whole. There is no room for the leader to inform one part of the group being lead that “you gotta go sit in back”. Not a well thought out move on the part of the leader. A leader does not divide the group being lead. Currently we have a President purposefully dividing the country he has asked to be given the privilege to lead, deliberately, with intent to glorify or advantage himself. As a leader, a true Leader , he has completely and totally failed. I am not saying he is a horrible person I am just stating that as a leader, he just doesn't get it. It is incomprehensible that anyone entrusted with the duty of leadership could ever put himself before those being lead. Unless of coarse the first bullet point is true of the”leader”. Pitting social economic classes against each other in my opinion, is wrong, especially if your are or ever intend to be a leader. Pitting groups against each other based on race and religious beliefs also fall into this major faux pas. Vice president Biden would be well advised to steer clear from comments that refer to any person such as “they going to put ya'll back in chains.” Really, I thought we had moved so far past this. Really, I mean really!

These two points alone should expose and exclude these two men from any current leadership positions.

A true leader puts the group first in all thoughts and actions. He or She is a true servant to those being lead. Loving, caring and strong of mind and character. These are the things we should be looking for. A person who will unite not a divide. Someone willing to share their successes and feel our failures. Someone who expects the best from the American people, because we are the best people on earth and we can and will do whatever it takes to get the job done. A person who believes in America, the American dream and all the people that made this great Country what it is today and want to leave a legacy for the future of that same greatness and courage. A person who knows you can build, create and dream of wonderful things for you and your family, and they do have a chance of coming true.

You want to know why so many people risk life and limb to come to America to live? Legally or illegally. Read that paragraph again. Read that paragraph, think or the horrible conditions in so many other places in the world, how absolutely desperate you would have to be to go what some of these immigrants go through to even have a possibility of getting here. That is why they come here. This is the best place in the world. Don't let any politician with some supposed enlightened view of the world tell you any different. This country is where it is because of the hard work our fathers and grandfathers and great grandfathers (and mothers, let's not forget the mothers)put into this country. Love of family, hard work and Freedom! The American Dream!, turned into reality with hard work, sweat and blood.

On closing I would offer this. There have been many great leader that we can measure against. I offer an example of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his speech of “I have a dream” as true leadership. Not only men of color but of all Americans. Dr. King spoke:

“The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.
We cannot walk alone.
And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead.
We cannot turn back.”

We are truly all tied together. Do not allow political campaigns try to turn us back. We all deserve better than that.

Also from the speech is the following:
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. “

After all the “Content of character” is what we are evaluating and measuring when we the people select a true Leader.

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