Monday, October 10, 2005
The Thing About the President
Putting politics aside for a minute, I finally figured out what it is about our current president that gets on my nerves -- it's a leadership issue. While volumes have been written on good leadership I want to highlight two facets: standing by a decision and building consensus. The president prides himself on the first and apperently doesn't know what the second means. This philospophy of leadership is most evident in the nomination of Harriet Miers for Supreme Court Justice. The president has nominated someone without building consensus and has angered his own party in the process. Basically, this nomination is doomed -- and yet the president, because of the first facet will stand beside this sinking ship because he doesn't understand a 3rd principle of leadership, namely when to cut your losses and get out of dodge. I know that being the president is hard, and I know I'm far from a perfect leader, but this is elementary leadership stuff! The weakest leaders are those who lead based on "ivory tower" revelations and the strongest leaders are those who build enthusiastic teams around them!
Posted by charlesdean2 at 9:06 AM