compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
which has permeated every echelon of leadership throughout
our families of individuals, nations of families and family of nations.
Over 100 years ago, Woodrow Wilson said "THE PRESIDENT is at liberty,
both in law and conscience, to be as big a man as he can" ... and so
[IT] WAS that Obama ran his election campaign to the tune of ... YES HE CAN
but Fred Greenstein concluded in my 2004 copy of his 2nd Edition of The Presidential Difference
In the world of imagination it is possible to envisage a cognitively and emotionally intelligent
chief executive, who happens also to be an inspiring public communicator, a capable White House organizer, and the possessor of exceptional political skill and vision. In the real world, human imperfection is inevitable, but some imperfections are more disabling than others. Many of the modern presidents have performed adequately without being brilliant orators. Only a few chief executives have been
organizationally competent. A minimal level of political skill is a precondition of presidential effectiveness, but political skill is widely present in the handful of individuals who rise to the political summit.
Vision is rarer than skill, but only Lyndon Johnson was disastrously deficient in the realm of policy.
Finally there are thought and emotion. The importance of cognitive strength in the presidency should be self-evident. Still, Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Carter, and Clinton had impressive intellects and defective temperaments. They reversed Justice Holmes characterisation of FDR. Clinton’s foibles made him an underachiever and national embarrassment. Carter’s defective temperament contributed to making his time in office a period of lost opportunity. Johnson and Nixon presided over major policy breakthroughs, but also over two of the most un-happy episodes of the twentieth century.
All four presidential experiences point to the following moral:
Beware the presidential contender who lacks emotional intelligence.
In its absence all else may turn to ashes.
LET US hope and pray that the leadership by example, of the 44th President, as leader of the NOW GLOBAL COMMUNITY, reflects the principled values of integrity and responsible, appropriate ACTION.
AS we ALL stand, staring into the ABYSS ...
"GOOD LUCK AMERICA on your 'ever continuing journey' of discovery"
and may GOD BLESS THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION.
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