As I’ve been read John McCain’s political autobiography,Â Worth the Fighting For: The Education of an American Maverick, and the Heroes Who Inspired Him,Â (in anticipation of next week’s convention) and pondering a post on Bill Clinton’s legacy to his party (in anticipation of tonight’s speech), I had some thoughts on leadership.
Me being me, I initially hesitated to write about them because I’d rather my posts be more “essayistic.” Â But, I perhaps should show greater appreciation for this medium which has given me a forum for my views for the past (nigh on) four years.
In a blog, I don’t need to write a well-organized essay, just kind of throw out my ideas.
So, here they are:
- A true leader inspires by example.
- A leader convinces others to go some place where they need (should?) go, not where there want to go. Â The crowd does not sway him, but he sways the crowd, yet he must know how to appeal to them should he wish to change their minds.
- A leader is undaunted by opposition and holds true (stands fast) in the face of it, shifting course only when necessary to accomplish a broader goal, but never losing sight of his core principles.
I dare say there’s more to leadership than just those four qualities, but these notions came to mind as I as reading that book and pondering the Clinton post.