Being in a position of leadership should only be reserved for those who can handle the pressures and conformities that go along with being in a position of power. Not everyone who desires to be a leader possess the qualities essential to fit that position. Understanding what makes for a good leader is the first step in acquiring those unique set of skills, as it assures potential followers a level of confidence in their decision to adhere to the authority of a good leader’s administered guidance.

Below are a few examples of what traits makes for a good leader:

1. Modesty
2. Respectful
3. Cooperative
4. Trustworthy
5. High standards of personal ethics
6. Resilient to defeat
7. Able to productively work under pressure

A majority of high-prolific leaders are located within the political system. History has shown many political candidates who may have been prolifically qualified to run for a political office have indeed failed at winning the victory. Although their charismatic demeanor and charm may have been enough to win over the public’s support to be nominated, those traits alone were not enough to win them the official seat in the office. What determines whether or not a politician will make a good leader is if they meet all the criteria mentioned above, and that in itself can only be reflective of their performance after they have been officially elected.

Take for example the collaborative efforts of three political officials on the east coast of the United States: Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. All three officials were faced with the Hurricane Sandy crisis when the tropical storm made landfall over their region in October of 2012. 89% of NYC voters voted in favor of Christie’s emergency response efforts, followed by 85% in favor of Cuomo’s, and 75% in favor of Bloomberg’s. All three men were notified of this oncoming storm at the same, however, their approaches in handling this emergency were vastly different.

Although the above mentioned politicians are basically responsible for maintaining only one state in a crisis situation, a bigger responsibility lies in the hands of a good leader who has to maintain a country. U.S. President Barack Obama has recently been rumored to be handling the Syrian crisis in the same manner as his predecessor, former U.S. President George W. Bush. Bush declared the war in Iraq, and Obama is leaning towards declaring war in Syria. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Bush’s response efforts have been placed under a microscope numerous times, and many questions have been raised by suspicious activities concerning his involvement in the planned attacks. And now, many fear Obama may be falling in his footsteps.

But let’s throw away all the conspiracy theorists’ viewpoints on each major catastrophic event in the news over the past decade or so, and let the public decide. Do you feel your state is better off than it was before or after the current political leaders were elected into office? Do you feel your country is better off now with the current president in office or when the previous one was elected?

Remember: every opinion counts.

©2013 Learus Ohnine


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