I am by nature imbued with a strong sense of optimism. I believe most all problems are manageable-few more than a bump in the road. I am, however, more than a little concerned that there is a dearth of leadership in many segments of society. There are certain essentials to effective leadership. One that often goes unnoticed is to recognize that “everyone is watching”. Watching every word, act, every aspect of a leader’s conduct. Leadership by example is still the most tangible proof of an individual’s beliefs and values! Lessons are learned- from both conduct becoming and unbecoming. Unfortunately, there are some that can not discern that lessons learned from conduct that does not align with our highest ideals and aspirations is not a fruitful teacher. So people begin to acquit themselves in ways that reflect the lowest common denominator of communal standards. They fail as leaders.
In my book Humanity at Work; Encouraging Spirit, Achievement and Truth to Flourish in the Workplace , I explain why we are so exquisitely aware of the need for effective leadership; “… the populace must also have leaders of divinely inspired character. Two individuals so possessed and so providentially placed at critical historical junctures were Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.
I believe that they were the greatest leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, respectively. Arguably, no two mortals have been the subjects of more biographical inquiries. Read their lives and you will come to understand the moral and ethical fabric that binds together a person of strong convictions. It may also help you see, perhaps for the first time, how an entire nation can be held together—to suffer, to persevere, then to triumph–through the principled leadership, the unwavering character of a single soul. ”
How a leader chooses to act should not be based by the most recent societal precedent. Rather a leader’s actions should first comport to historically honored norms.