pol·i·tics (pŏl′ĭ-tĭks) noun.
- The art or science of government or governing, especially the governing of a political entity, such as a nation, and the administration and control of its internal and external affairs.
For those of you disappointed in your lack of self-control that led you to binge watch the entire fourth season of House of Cards in a matter of days–good news, you still have something to look forward to at night. It’s election year-and-a-half 2016 here in America! If you are at all concerned about how you will differentiate between reel and reality–more good news, the actors are slightly better on Netflix, but compensated far worse.
At the risk of sounding dramatic (increasingly more difficult to do these days), it is becoming harder to decide whether life imitates art, or if art imitates life. Even though House of Cards is utterly nefarious, I do believe it is the latter in this situation.
“At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art. Then life will find its very existence from the arts.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
This fine piece of prose is not however, about the criminal or crazed. This is about noble leadership; that caveat proves this is not about the front runners from either party.
Election years provide us with an important opportunity to reflect on the role of leadership and examine ourselves, and others, to determine if we are fit for the roles in which we lead. Many of us know, but often forget, that we are all leaders. Every person reading this is a leader. We lead in our homes, our workplaces, in traffic, at the grocery store, at the gym, on airplanes, in school, in line waiting for our coffee (be polite to cashiers & baristas; all day they deal with people who haven’t had their coffee yet) . . . Gasp. If there are a set of eyes watching you, you are leading whether you realize it or not.
The list provided below is without a detailed explanation, and is not all encompassing, but does provide the basic fundamentals of what a great leader should possess. So whether you plan on refining your leadership or evaluating a leader to follow, ensure that these characteristics are present:
Innocent of wrongdoing
Not unpleasantly or arrogantly domineering