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Tuesday, September 14. 2010
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I read the column at American Thinker that compared Obama to the leadership traits. Obama flunked as I agree he should. Then I went down the list for myself. I did a lot better on some items than others.
I didn't do too well on it.
But I don't want to lead anybody. Or to follow anybody.
Do you, or are you expected to, lead other people?
If yes, an honest self-evaluation against that list, along with a performance improvement plan, would be the next step.
Otherwise you are dealing with a list we can relabel as "Character Traits."
I have found by experience than I can lead but I am at the second rank of natural leaders. Which is fine; the world needs effective leaders and leaders need -- well, they need followers. Someone who will get the job done.
Any parent is a leader and any teacher is a leader, and I am both. In an emergency, the most level-headed person available may be the leader and I've done that too. I don't fail the leadership test, but I am not at the front of it either.
Don't forget the Navy! Those leadership traits are taught by the Navy too. . .
I would probably rank myself higher in most of the traits during my Marine days than I would now. Although I was utterly lacking in tact back then - and tough sh*t if you didn't like it.
Thanks for the post, BK. The person who exhibits these traits, in addition to the leadership traits, is in my book a/k/a a "Class Act". I have a dear friend, ex-Marine, age 78, who has always been, and continues to be, a class act. Now I know why. By contrast, the dreadful lot in Washington does not qualify, not even close. Character does matter, in fact, in my book it is the most important quality in a leader. It is the sine qua non.
Excuse me for bunching this in one post, but it all relates:
Geoff, I think you probably sell yourself short as a good leader needs to follow great leaders off and on to establish new skills -- leadership is not stagnant. You made good points in your response to Knucklehead.
Navy One, I agree...and let's not forget the others who serve to protect our freedoms.
NJSoldier, a good analysis, which is why the powers-that-be allow retirement after 20 years or so. Stress sets in.
BD, you are our great communicator, leading us to think about our lives. You need to be independent of "leadership" or "follower" inclinations.
greenmtnpunter, having lived in Chicago most my life and quite familiar with ALL the people now serving in DC, what can I say? That team is like the Pied Piper of Thugville. And the biggest problem, as you said, is they all lack CHARACTER. And few have ever stayed up all night wondering how they would meet their payroll as their checks have been written by limo liberals, foundations and the government.
Thanks for the post, BD.
Understand you don't have, or not have these traits. They are something you strive to do each day. Some days, you do better than others. Hopefully over time, the practice sinks in and becomes habit. Great leaders have to be born, and then maybe work at it; but anybody can become a good leader. It just takes steady application of conscious effort.
Don't recall such a list being available during my stint. Sorta glad it wasn't. I carved my own path, with success. I'd go so far as to say not all things can be put into words, especially the qualities of leadership. Too many variables. I will say I wouldn't follow the O to the corner store to pick up a six-pack. Not even if he was buying... after all, he'd likely have borrowed the money to do so.
Don't recall such a list being available during my stint. Sorta glad it wasn't. I carved my own path, with success. I'd go so far as to say not all things can be put into words, especially the nebulous qualities of leadership. Too many variables. I will say I wouldn't follow the O to the corner store to pick up a six-pack, not even if he was buying... after all, he'd likely have borrowed the money to do so and would then want me to pay it back, his half too.
jma ... You get the MM rpize for today with that great phrase, "the Pied Piper of Thugville" which is entirely suitable to one man on our national scene, who shall be nameless here.
By the way, I was born in Chicago, but my Dad got us out of there as soon as he could, after he walked into a noontime shooting outside the bank building where he worked. But I did live there long enough to get some of the flavor of the place -- some gorgeous buildings by great architects [*love* Louis Sullivan] beautiful harbor, and absolutely great museums. Used to hunt for fossils in the Skokie Marsh, now completely filled in. Ohh, and the opera and the symphony, which I would take the interurban train from Milwaukee to attend.
Milwaukee was quieter [quite staid, actually] and had a lovely harbor and great restaurants also. Didn't miss Chicago much.
MM: Always enjoy your comments. You're the doyenne of the site.
As an aside, just spent two weeks on a "road trip" to San Antone (via Dallas, Breckenridge and Austin) and LOVED EVERY MINUTE. May have to do a studio in Chgo and a spread in SA to accomodate all the kids. All the attibutes you mentioned are wonderful, but many other places have equal mentions without the grifters and price.
Thugville continues...it's rather like a serial thriller.