Leadership Thought #469 – Beware of People Who Have Style But Lack Substance

Beware of people who have style but lack substance… In life we often come across overly charming people, who always know what to say and how to say it.  I am always a bit skeptical when an individual has too much polish.  We all know the type, those candidates who interview extremely well but disappoint later. […]

Leadership Thought #412 – Obama’s Substance Over Romney’s Style

Far too many people think that leadership is about style over substance these days. It’s almost as if it is more important to look and sound like a leader rather than behave like one. I wonder if historical figures like Abraham Lincoln with his high pitched nasally voice ad physical awkwardness or George Washington who was personally aloof and somewhat stiff in public settings would even stand a chance today. When a society starts spending more time focusing on how things appear rather than how they truly are, we as a people are in trouble. It is the content of someone’s character that matters most when tough decisions need to be made. We are in serious times both geopolitically and socioeconomically. We need deliberative thinkers who think before they act, don’t rush to judgment, have the ability to prioritize amongst competing issues, stay cool under pressure, maintain a reasonable level of consistency in their actions and messaging, build alliances rather than make enemies, and tell us the truth even when it is unpopular. The presidency shouldn’t be just a popularity contest.