Leadership Thought #447 – What Makes A Successful Public Leader

We are in the midst of a fairly active and important election season in my local area. Many critical positions are up for grabs which is clearly illustrated by the large number of individuals who have thrown their hat in the ring. I am sure there are varying motivations by the candidates as to why they are running. Personally, I try to give them all the benefit of the doubt that their primary motivation is to make a positive difference. I don’t expect to agree with every candidate, but I do expect them to have the courage of their convictions. Having studied leadership and politics for quite a long time now, the following characteristics emerge as indicative of whether or not someone will be effective once they assume office:

Leadership Thought #294 – Our Political Process Is Broken

This will be a rare post on politics. It’s hard not to attention the Republican race for presidential nominee (even if it isn’t typically your party of choice). We are bombarded with news stories, debates and advertising spots that keep the issue constantly top of mind. After you receive a certain amount of information you start to block out the noise and become skeptical of anything any candidate has to say including the political commentators. It is the textbook definition of overkill. The campaign season for either party lasts ways too long for my liking. It’s a long hard slog to the convention and ultimately Election Day. And, just a thought, if your party is in power, shouldn’t it be spending its time governing rather than talking about what should be happening…