A new beacon of leadership

January 21, 2009 at 9:22 am Leave a comment

I love how Barack Obama has built his cabinet and going about his presidency.  First, he is someone who is not afraid to talk about books he has read or is reading.  If you haven’t read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book about Lincoln, and one that Obama has shared as an inspriration to his own thinking, you are missing a historical treat.

Second, this is a leader who believes in the big picture, the vision of this country, and less about himself.  He selected Hilary Clinton as Secretary of State for the betterment of this country, regardless of their political history. He has selected many to his cabinet that are more experienced, learned, and skilled than he in many ways. This has not deterred him from selecting anyone. Obama is not afraid to learn from others; not afraid to be upstaged by another’s talents.  This is something all leaders should aspire instead of squandering the very people resources that could take organizations to new heights of success.

He is leaning on Republicans as much as Democrats to rebuild our economy, resolve our commitment to the wars, and to restore our image as a world leader.  I am encouraged by his leadership and truly hope that four years from now, our sense of leadership is reshaped toward our followers, toward emotional intelligence, toward servant leadersip, and less around the ‘one’.

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