Giving thoughtful reflection to the phrase “leadership versus no leadership,” one wonders if in many instances, no leadership is the better choice. Most of us have been a follower in an organization where we knew “no leadership” was the answer. Money and power thrust people into leadership positions they should have been a follower. Other times, family members become leaders that cause disastrous results.
A simple definition for ‘family-oriented,” is putting the family first and doing things in the best interest of the family. Being an example for members of the family, entails placing value on the legacy that will be left behind for future generations. It means watching what one says, does and advocates as values digested and passed along.
There are numerous qualities that define leadership: trustworthiness, goal-oriented as opposed to self-oriented and staying focused on a mission that serves a common goal. Integrity, sincerity and the ability to positively engage others in decision-making, serves, rather than denounce. Guidance of self and others are somewhat intertwined. If you cannot guide yourself, there is no basis to guide anyone else.
This writer sees Americans as belonging to a family of countrymen with common goals that spell unity, cohesiveness, freedom, justice and equality for each of its citizens. There is no room for self-driven leadership. Divisiveness, intolerance based on race, color, gender, religion or sexual orientation do not define management. Each citizen has the same inalienable rights as another.
When these values are challenged by the governing body, Americans who care must rise up. They must re-connect, redirect and bring us back to the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”
AMERICA: 2017 TO 2020
The current administration is a mass of confusion, distortion, lies, manipulation and the development of one crisis to the next. No family or nation can advance positively under these conditions. A citizen’s group is in formation to protect our democratic values and national security. Why? The Republican led Congress and Administration are failing to do so. Another group has called for the “impeachment of the President” because it feels Congress will not do so. The process should begin. Women organizations are rising up in greater numbers than we have seen before. They are running for state and federal offices, denouncing gender discrimination, spousal and sexual abuse.
America…America… where art thou?