The Politician and The Little Girl

Here is story about a conversation of a politician and a little girl…

A Congressman who running for President was seated next to a little girl on an airplane when he turned to her and said, “Let’s talk. I’ve heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger. The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to the total stranger. “What would you like to talk about?” And the Congressman replied, “I don’t know.” “How about global warming or universal health care?” and he smiles smugly.“Okay”, she said. Those could be interesting topics. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, a deer all eat the same stuff – grass. Yet deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out flat patty, and horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is? The legislator, visibly surprised by the little girl’s idea. To which the little girl replies, “Do you really feel qualified to discuss global warming or universal health care when you don’t know shit?”

LESSON OF THE STORY

Don’t vote a candidate who is incapable and doesn’t even know small things. Don’t rely on their charm and their flowery words. Think for the future of the youngsters and vote someone that we can look up to.

So what qualities are we looking for a good leader?

A good leader has an exemplary character. It is of utmost importance that a leader is trustworthy to lead others. A leader needs to be trusted and be known to live their life with honestly and integrity. A good leader “walks the talk” and in doing so earns the right to have responsibility for others. True authority is born from respect for the good character and trustworthiness of the person who leads.

A good leader is enthusiastic about their work or cause and also about their role as leader. People will respond more openly to a person of passion and dedication. Leaders need to be able to be a source of inspiration, and be a motivator towards the required action or cause. Although the responsibilities and roles of a leader may be different, the leader needs to be seen to be part of the team working towards the goal. This kind of leader will not be afraid to roll up their sleeves and get dirty.

A good leader is confident. In order to lead and set direction a leader needs to appear confident as a person and in the leadership role. Such a person inspires confidence in others and draws out the trust and best efforts of the team to complete the task well. A leader who conveys confidence towards the proposed objective inspires the best effort from team members

A leader also needs to function in an orderly and purposeful manner in situations of uncertainty. People look to the leader during times of uncertainty and unfamiliarity and find reassurance and security when the leader portrays confidence and a positive demeanor.

Good leaders are tolerant of ambiguity and remain calm, composed and steadfast to the main purpose. Storms, emotions, and crises come and go and a good leader takes these as part of the journey and keeps a cool head.

A good leader as well as keeping the main goal in focus is able to think analytically. Not only does a good leader view a situation as a whole, but is able to break it down into sub parts for closer inspection. Not only is the goal in view but a good leader can break it down into manageable steps and make progress towards it.

A good leader is committed to excellence. Second best does not lead to success. The good leader not only maintains high standards, but also is proactive in raising the bar in order to achieve excellence in all areas.

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