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What makes a good leader?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on April 21, 2012

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“Someone who knows where we’re going and lays out a broad vision but then allows us to get there on our own.”

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“The ability to not only command respect but to give respect.”


Liberty275 6 years, 2 months ago

That's all fine and dandy until you get a shark on. Right after that, not so much.

RoeDapple 6 years, 2 months ago

Jeff King says it's the Husky that wants the best view.


labmonkey 6 years, 2 months ago

Walt Hull, blacksmith, is awesome with his concise, yet very true answer.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 1 month ago

President Eisenhower used to talk about this. He would put a string on the desk and push it into a mess. He would then point out if the leader could pull on the front, the rest of the string would follow. Sadly, in our bitter partisanship, we have forgotten this lesson. Not a bad question for the LJW. Better than normal.

chicago95 6 years, 1 month ago

Absolutely right. Enlightened, courageous followers.

Richard Heckler 6 years, 2 months ago

Business people more often than not have not proven to be the best leaders so why do they get preferential treatment at the voting booths?

Think this way..... maybe? Why do we americans vote in the right wing rich which are supported by too many of the rich to make decisions for the entire middle class and low income?

Too many of the rich want to destroy the middle class so they have sent tens of millions of middle class jobs abroad with no job replacement in sight. Isn't their something wrong with this picture?

Ask yourself why do we voters tend to vote for the largest spending candidates? What good has this choice been for the USA and our local government?

Am I saying that wealthy business people too often look after themselves and their own which does not allow for the fiscal responsible decisions that keep the masses employed backed with a tightly managed economy? Possibly or absolutely.

Instead choose a laissez faire approach that which supports economic displacement which cannot support existing business to the max nor encourage self sustaining wages.


Liberty275 6 years, 2 months ago

"preferential treatment at the voting booths?"

There is no preferential treatment. People walk into voting booths alone and make little dots. Sometimes you like where they put them, sometimes you don't. You don't get to win every time and blaming the voting public for providing "preferential treatment" is nothing but sour grapes, and moreso, not a decision you have the right to question.

Premise dead. Balance ignored.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 2 months ago

Well, we know that copy/pasting the same drivel hundreds of times on this award-winning website does not make one a leader. Hmmmm (from a source)

camper 6 years, 1 month ago

Being CEO of a private equity firm where one can practice creative destruction, and being able to manage (or have others manage) your large investment accounts where you can recognize capital gains of about 20M per year, and finally reporting these earnings (or have others prepare them) on your income tax.

Carol Bowen 6 years, 1 month ago

A good leader looks back to see if anyone is following.

1029 6 years, 1 month ago

One that lowers my taxes, lets me keep my guns, and stays off my lawn.

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