13 days ago, the U.S. House of Representatives changed hands, and by historic measure. I don’t know what the final count was, but it’s really not important today. What is important is understanding something that Rep. Eric Cantor said. Cantor said that the GOP victories weren’t so much an endorsement of the GOP as it was an admonition of Rep. Pelosi’s Democratic-lead House.
Likely Speaker of the House John Boehner said nearly the same thing in his “victory” speech. I have made no secret that I consider myself a conservative. But notice I didn’t say Republican. Over the last eight years, the Republicans as a party lost their way and this is their second chance.
So now with new leadership on the way, it has me thinking what I want the new leadership to do and look like. But also in a general sense, what I believe real leadership to be.
- Open. Leadership means openness. It means frankness. If something isn’t good, say it. If it is good, say it. It means not protecting your ass, but protecting those you lead.
- Talk. Real leaders talk and they talk a lot. They work for solutions. Sometimes that means back-door meetings to strike a deal, but it doesn’t have to be like that. I hated the health care debate because towards the end, it seemed that all the votes were being bought. that’s not leadership. Leadership is bringing people to the table and making compromises that make the best solution for the people.
- Humble. Being in power means a leader must also maintain a sense of self and humbleness. Many people in Washington it seems have lost that sense of home, of people, of compassion. They seem to have lost sight of why they ran for office in the first place.
- Sincere. A real leader stands up for what they believe, even if it means losing. I hope over the next two years the votes in the House are exciting, because it’s not just us vs. them. It’s a true count, a true vote of heart, and of what is right for the people they represent.
Those are just a few thoughts on leadership at the end of 2010.
What are your qualities you want in a leader?
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