Where Have All the Leaders Gone? We should be screaming bloody murder. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course. This is America, not the damned Titanic. But someone has to speak up.

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Where the hell is our outrage? We should be screaming bloody murder. But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, "Stay the course.

This is America, not the damned Titanic. But someone has to speak up. I hardly recognize this country anymore. The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies.

The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. How about you? My friends tell me to calm down. Leave the rage to the young people. I think people will listen to me. They say I have a reputation as a straight shooter. Hey, America, wake up. These guys work for us. Who Are These Guys, Anyway? Why are we in this mess? How did we end up with this crowd in Washington?

Well, we voted for them — or at least some of us did. Some of us are sick and tired of people who call free speech treason. We share common principles and ideals. And we rise and fall together. Where are the voices of leaders who can inspire us to action and make us stand taller? What happened to the strong and resolute party of Lincoln? What happened to the courageous, populist party of FDR and Truman?

There was a time in this country when the voices of great leaders lifted us up and made us want to do better. Where have all the leaders gone? I understand a few things about leadership at the top. I call them the "Nine Cs of Leadership. Just clear, obvious qualities that every true leader should have. We should look at how the current administration stacks up. Like it or not, this crew is going to be around until January Maybe we can learn something before we go to the polls in He has to listen to people outside of the "Yes, sir" crowd in his inner circle.

He has to read voraciously, because the world is a big, complicated place. George W. Bush brags about never reading a newspaper. Am I hearing this right? Thomas Jefferson once said, "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate for a moment to prefer the latter.

If a leader never steps outside his comfort zone to hear different ideas, he grows stale. The inability to listen is a form of arrogance. But maybe he should have listened, because 70 percent of the people were saying he was on the wrong track.

You know, think outside the box. George Bush prides himself on never changing, even as the world around him is spinning out of control. God forbid someone should accuse him of flip-flopping. Senator Joe Biden recalled a conversation he had with Bush a few months after our troops marched into Baghdad. Joe was in the Oval Office outlining his concerns to the President — the explosive mix of Shiite and Sunni, the disbanded Iraqi army, the problems securing the oil fields.

He told Bush, "Mr. Things change, and you get creative. You adapt. Maybe Bush was absent the day they covered that at Harvard Business School. Nobody in the current administration seems to know how to talk straight anymore. Instead, they spend most of their time trying to convince us that things are not really as bad as they seem.

The war in Iraq has been, among other things, a grand failure of communication. That means knowing the difference between right and wrong and having the guts to do the right thing. What does it say about his character?

Bush has shown a willingness to take bold action on the world stage because he has the power, but he shows little regard for the grievous consequences. He has sent our troops not to mention hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi citizens to their deaths — for what? To build our oil reserves? To avenge his daddy because Saddam Hussein once tried to have him killed? The motivations behind the war in Iraq are questionable, and the execution of the war has been a disaster.

A man of character does not ask a single soldier to die for a failed policy. That even goes for female leaders. George Bush comes from a blue-blooded Connecticut family, but he likes to talk like a cowboy. You know, My gun is bigger than your gun.

Courage is a commitment to sit down at the negotiating table and talk. He did a series of so-called town hall meetings last year, in auditoriums packed with his most devoted fans. The questions were all softballs. How do you measure fire in the belly? Bush has set the all-time record for number of vacation days taken by a U. President — four hundred and counting. He even told an interviewer that the high point of his presidency so far was catching a seven-and-a-half-pound perch in his hand-stocked lake.

Congress was in session only ninety-seven days in Most people would expect to be fired if they worked so little and had nothing to show for it. But Congress managed to find the time to vote itself a raise. Charisma is the quality that makes people want to follow you. People follow a leader because they trust him. Maybe George Bush is a great guy to hang out with at a barbecue or a ball game. When he came up behind her and started squeezing, I thought she was going to go right through the roof.

Bush brags about being our first MBA President. Does that make him competent? A leader has to be a problem solver, and the biggest problems we face as a nation seem to be on the back burner. My boss was a guy named Charlie Beacham, who was the East Coast regional manager. Charlie was a big Southerner, with a warm drawl, a huge smile, and a core of steel. He just has a lot of sound bites. You know — Mr. Former President Bill Clinton once said, "I grew up in an alcoholic home.

I spent half my childhood trying to get into the reality-based world — and I like it here. The Biggest C is Crisis Leaders are made, not born. Leadership is forged in times of crisis. On September 11, , we needed a strong leader more than any other time in our history. We needed a steady hand to guide us out of the ashes. Where was George Bush?

He was reading a story about a pet goat to kids in Florida when he heard about the attacks. He kept sitting there for twenty minutes with a baffled look on his face. You can see it for yourself. He basically went into hiding for the day — and he told Vice President Dick Cheney to stay put in his bunker.

We were all frozen in front of our TVs, scared out of our wits, waiting for our leaders to tell us that we were going to be okay, and there was nobody home.


Where Have All the Leaders Gone?

Nov 04, Andy rated it did not like it I really enjoyed Iacocca autobiography He is constantly name dropping and his love fest with Castro is particularly disgusting to read. One thing that is interesting is that most of the politicians that he believes are "honest and true" are presently under ethics probes and indictments. I think someone talked him into "writing" a book before he kicks the bucket.

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Lee Iacocca

After graduating from Lehigh, he won the Wallace Memorial Fellowship and went to Princeton University , where he took his electives in politics and plastics. He then began a career at the Ford Motor Company as an engineer. Career at Ford[ edit ] Iacocca was instrumental in the introduction of the Ford Mustang. Pictured here is a Mustang convertible.

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