Friday, September 21, 2012

Leadership—Show some!

 ”leadership [lee-der-ship]
1. The position or function of a leader,  a person who guides or directs a group: He managed to maintain his leadership of the party despite heavy opposition. Synonyms: administration, management, directorship, control, governorship, stewardship, hegemony.”

Above you see the definition of leadership.  Pretty lame huh?  There are more words in the list of synonyms than the entire definition.  Let me give you a few sentences on my understanding of leadership. I have had the honor of seeing leadership in peace and war; both good and bad. It always seems obvious to me the easily identifiable difference between good and bad leadership is responsibility. The good and even great leaders take responsibility for their role, decisions, actions, and subordinates. Most military leaders don’t get to choose their leadership team, because of the politics of the game. However, the great leaders mentor, train, guide and provide an example for those same subordinates as well as assume responsibility for that role and the results.  I have not witnessed in a very long time, a “leader” (in this case the “leader” of the free world, in fact the entire world) that is so inept, feckless and responsibility averse.  President Obama is what I call a blind leader. A blind leader is usually such a narcissist that he/she is only willing to listen to people, who tell him/her what they want to hear.  Others, who provide a different perspective or refuse to “tow the party line” are shunned, brushed aside, dismissed or fired. I am sure plenty of you are saying; Chugiak you will never make it in politics you don’t know the meaning of the word loyalty. I say to you, in my opinion loyalty stops when facts get in the way.  Where am I going with this leadership discussion? ANSWER: Directly to the White House. I have passed from uneasiness, while President Obama continually blamed President Bush for the bad economy, through contempt, while President Obama avoided answering any questions about the death of a border agent; killed by guns our government allowed to cross into Mexico; and I settle on disgust. While President Obama tours the nation giving campaign speeches our embassies are under assault, in fact being invaded in some cases.  I honestly believe he is a blind leader, surrounded by soulless ethically challenged robots that would rather eat a gun than tell President Obama he is wrong or he made a bad decision. I don’t think he is even aware of how poorly things are going in the country, much less the world.   Some of the blame needs to lay at the feet of a staff, cabinet and Congress so timid, lame, or simply incompetent they won’t point out the obvious fiscal and security problems our country has drifted in to. However, this man; our President is absolutely incapable of providing leadership. Oh yes he can spin a good yarn spew a few talking points and even make a good joke now and then, but this man our President is incapable of taking responsibility for anything. As a result, in my opinion his true limiting factor for a successful presidency is a lack of LEADERSHIP.  

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