Follow The Leader?

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I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” – Ralph Nader

Can anyone honestly tell me who is leading the Republican Party? I know Michael Steele is the chairman, but is he leading or following?

The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.” – Theodore Hesbargh

We hear the disingenuous outrage from various Republican Governors and Republican Congressmen, but no leader. Just people following the same grand ole mantra, but who’s listening? We’ve heard no solutions, just No.

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why.” – Warren Bennis

A leader can not be eternally negative, nor can a leader follow whatever is popular. Being a true leader is not always being popular, but if you are popular (i.e. President Obama) use that popularity for good. If you are a popular leader try to use that popularity to empower and inspire those that may follow you to not be taken by the opinions or moods of popular opinion.

References & Inspirations
FOX News – 03/04/09 “Steele vs Limbaugh: Who’s in Charge of the GOP?
Atlanta Journal Constitution – 03/04/09 “Rush Job: Inside Dems’ Limbaugh Plan
BBC News | Americas – 03/04/09 “Who leads the U.S. Republican Party?
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  1. This is from Mike Bianchi (Sportswriter from the Orlando Sentinel

    Sports world learned to tune out Rush Limbaugh years ago

    posted by Mike Bianchi on Mar 3, 2009 5:42:37 AM

    Wouldn’t it be great if the real world tuned out Rush Limbaugh just like the sports world did years ago?

    Limbaugh, the nationally renowned conservative talk radio host, created quite a controversy when he said recently of President Barack Obama’s plan to fix the economy: “I hope Obama fails.”

    That’s right, Limbaugh — in the midst of the worst economic crisis this country has seen since the Great Depression; a grim time when millions are losing their jobs, their retirement savings and their homes — is rooting for the president to fail.

    Way to go, Rush.

    This is a guy who probably rooted for the flying monkeys in the Wizard of Oz because, in his mind, Dorothy and Friends represented a socialist society filled with lazy, unemployed beggars looking for a handout.

    Of course we in the sports world aren’t surprised by Rush’s incendiary, divisive and destructive stances. We saw it back in 2003 when he was hired by ESPN and then went on the air and essentially claimed Donovan McNabb was only perceived as a good quarterback because he is black.

    “I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL,” Limbaugh said then. “The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. There is a little hope invested in McNabb, and he got a lot of credit for the performance of this team that he didn’t deserve. The defense carried this team.”

    Limbaugh was quickly jettisoned by ESPN executives because they didn’t want such garbage on their air.

    Too bad the rest of the broadcasting world doesn’t feel the same way.

    *For more on this controversy and the influence of Limbaugh, read this column in the Baltimore Sun and this article in the Los Angeles Times.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bal-op.pitts26jan26,0,5874342.story

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-rush8-2009feb08,0,2881422.story

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