I am sitting here at my computer on the evening of November 4, 2014 as a means of avoiding looking at the election results. I am exhausted by the deluge of negativism that has been escalating for the past month. I can think of dozens of qualities that I would expect to be represented by perspective leaders, and I can’t seem to find any of the candidates whose ads express those qualities to me. Let’s look at two that seem to be basic fundamental pre-requisites for that type of leadership—having a good character, and being principled.
- Character: begins with honesty, not only with those around you, but through being honest and true with yourself… Someone with character follows through with their promises… Character also involves proper ethics and values… People of character always seem to do the right thing, often for the benefit of others, not themselves… True character begins with an inner dialogue that leads to a life of proper ethics, values, honesty and self-respect. http://joyleggett.com/having-character-means-being-true-to-yourself
- Principled: Acting with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness and justice, and with respect for the dignity and rights of people everywhere. Taking responsibility for our actions and their consequences.” http://www.iblearnerprofile.com/principled.html
- Principled Leadership: Effective, principled leaders focus their efforts on the collaborative process of how people from different disciplines and agencies work together rather than on a particular point of view (or the content of the problem being addressed). http://www.collaborativejustice.org/how/leadership.htm
As I think about it, I wish I hadn’t voted at all. Or better yet, I wish I had filled in the circle next to the blank space underneath each political race and had written in that space “none of the above”.