Reflection has brought me to one observation that both hurts and inspires. This year, as we grasped for signs of leadership and courage, it appeared that it came mostly from those in subordinate positions of power. And they had the most to lose.
The scariest figures are not in costumes anymore—they are the grown-ups, intent on using rumors, lies, and innuendo every day to strike fear in the hearts of us all. Ugly, unfounded rumor promotion and insults have now gone mainstream and may even deliver an election.
Trust is a critical leadership attribute that must be earned by our leaders every day as they serve the country and defend the rule of law and the Constitution of the United States.
It seems like a perfect storm has overcome our country, but we should not despair. From history we can find inspiration in cases where our leaders addressed times of crisis in ways that inspired confidence.
In transformational times, assessing and reassessing one’s basic assumptions is critical for navigating the confusing and dangerous shoals of public and foreign affairs.