Leadership vacuum leads to leadership vacuous

21 Oct

Here’s today’s COMMENT FROM AN OLD FART: As moi watches the debates, she sees not leadership, but leadership vacuous.

Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.
Dwight D. Eisenhower


Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes.
Peter Drucker

So much of economic development and full employment is based on an educated and skilled population. Third world countries are undeveloped for many reasons including unsustainable debt, corruption, and being disadvantaged in the world system of trade. One of the primary reasons that third world countries are third world is the limited education opportunity for the majority of their population. Moi wrote about the myopia of our leaders and our time in All that glitters in the ‘Gilded Age’ is not gold:

The Gilded Age” was a term coined by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner in their book, The Gilded Age. Here is a portion of book summary by Shmoop:

Key Points

  • Rapid economic growth generated vast wealth during the Gilded Age

  • New products and technologies improved middle-class quality of life

  • Industrial workers and farmers did not share in the new prosperity, working long hours in dangerous conditions for low pay

  • Gilded Age politicians were largely corrupt and ineffective

  • Most Americans during the Gilded Age wanted political and social reforms, but they disagreed strongly on what kind of reform

The “Gilded Age”

Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner were the first to call the years after the Civil War the “gilded age.” Struck by what they saw as the rampant greed and speculative frenzy of the marketplace, and the corruption pervading national politics, they satirized a society whose serious problems, they felt, had been veiled by a thin coating of gold. http://www.shmoop.com/gilded-age/summary.html

So what future have the Goldman Sucks, cash sluts, and credit crunch weasels along with we don’t care, we don’t have to Washington Georgetown and Chevy Chase set – you know, the the “masters of the universe” left those on a race to get through college? Lila Shapiro has the excellent post, Trading Down: Laid-Off Americans Taking Pay Cuts and Increasingly Kissing Their Old Lives Goodbye at Huffington Post:

This government, both parties, has failed to promote the kind of economic development AND policy which creates liveable wage jobs. That is why Mc Donalds is popular for more than its dollar menu. They are hiring people.

This economy must focus on job creation and job retention and yes, hope. Both for those racing through college and those who have paid their education and training dues. “You deserve a break today at Mc Donalds,” the only employer who seems to be hiring. http://drwilda.com/2011/11/22/3rd-world-america-the-economy-affects-the-society-of-the-future

https://drwildaoldfart.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/all-that-glitters-in-the-gilded-age-is-not-gold/

The way the U.S. chooses its leadership is similar to a tontine:

Definition of TONTINE

: a joint financial arrangement whereby the participants usually contribute equally to a prize that is awarded entirely to the participant who survives all the others http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tontine

The political process does not allow for brilliance, just a dogged survival.

Aline Hanle posted the Top 5 Intelligences of the Brilliant Leader:

Here are the top 5 intelligence of leaders who do not only care for the well-being of a system but for the harmony of the beings that make it.

1 – Listening Intelligence

Leaders have ears before having words. They know patience before active decision and they have learned to be present without the need to show off. Listening Intelligence is the ability for the mind to be a recipient to the inner-voice as well as others so that the need is clearly understood and the action that is required to fill it is carefully aligned. These two are the results of a listening intelligence process in which silence isn’t a place without words but more so a space with an attention to details and an intention to support.

2 – Intuitive Intelligence

Leaders who only follow their mind end up falling short of visions. Intuitive intelligence is the gift of the visionary leaders who can perceive beyond the predictable and the comfort zones. Leaders whose let their minds open to the invisible yet the felt access a field of infinite possibility in which creativity dwells. This creative flow empowers the beholder with an enthusiasm that strengthens his/her journey with purpose and seals his/her path with meaning.

3 – Emotional Intelligence

Intellectual may serve mainstream education but it is emotional intelligence that serves humanity. Kindness isn’t found in the mind but in the heart. Emotions are carriers of feelings and feelings are how human beings relate to each other. Ultimately, the brilliant later is he/she whose heart is sensitive to his/her own emotions as well as the emotions of those around him/her. To connect with our own self is to feel who we are and to bridge with another is to offer a chance to be compassionate with feelings that aren’t our own. To lead with brilliance is to relate to fellow humans and create ways to expand their experiences. Emotions are vessels of expansion, stagnation or contraction. Giving a space for emotions to be is one of the essence of leadership.

4 – Intellectual Intelligence

When the heart is open, it unleashes a powerful flow of creative energy. This wave is pure dynamic momentum filled with onrushing spirit. Intelligence Intelligence is the ability to offer a structure for this flow to find direction. An artist is one whose flow is wild yet without a sturdy framework, this power will vanish in the formless only to be renewed, transformed and rearranged in another idea. Leadership holds the space for linear thinking so that plans, processes, strategy, systems, tactics, projects guide the flow into a purposeful matter.

5 – Universal Intelligence

Universal Intelligence is the power to relate to what is greater than what is seen, identified and labeled. It is a sense of connection to all that is and the conscious way of living in harmony with everything that constitutes the Universe, whether one relates directly to it or not. The Leader of the 21st century embodies the principles of unity, compassion to all beings and respect for all Life. It isn’t enough to lead, win and conquer. it is now essential to lead, love and embrace. http://www.modernlifeblogs.com/2012/10/top-5-intelligences-of-the-brilliant-leader/

Politics has always been a tough business, the Ides of March is one example of how brutal politics can be. Many times those who serve do so under tough conditions, often with little thanks. Still it is time to recognize that there must be some investments made for the future. Even more, the political process has got to be purged of the huge glut of partisan single-issue money which leads to leadership vacuous.

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