Lack of Real Leadership Killing our Economy
I was thinking about a topic for a leadership article, yet, the news makers are all talking about the economic problems we are having – even to the point of comparing it to 2008 downturn. Well, while it is similar it is very different, if you take the time to think about everything happening during the past three months to create our economic challenges.
The talking heads and the financial writers have been using scare tactics for the past month, yet, they are still raving about our economy issues. First, please recognize the media only gets ratings and audiences for negative news. Positive news is well basically forbidden on the news today.
Look, the economy is just fine. It is the leaders of both the government and the corporate decision makers who are compounding the problem.
Realizing the issues are complex in nature, take the time to think about what has been happening for the past two – really six months. Congress and the White House have been deadlocked in a bad case of “chicken.”
Yet, the losers will not be either the White House or the members of Congress, the real losers are the people in the United States. Now, it is true that some members of the Congress will probably lose their next election due to the bad reactions from the deadlock. Yet, the reality is – people are losing jobs today due to their “leaders” stupidity.
Yes, I know “stupidity” is strong language in our politically correct society, yet, it is time for leaders to begin thinking for a change. We need both vision and courage to maintain our current positive momentum of economic growth.
First, the thinking part of this process. There are many “corporate” leaders who believe the safe thing to do in any situation is to “cut” their way to success. Here is a news flash to all the “cutters” out there. There is no more fat to cut. When you cut today, you are cutting muscle and brains rather than the fatty waist rolls. It is time to move past the cutting block and move on to the growth engine arena.
Second, the vision part of this process. Our leaders need to begin thinking – with clarity – about the future and exactly where they want their ship to go. The government needs to guide their ship to calmer waters where opportunities can be found, jobs can be created here, and the people of the United States are not mortgaging their future to uncontrollable ‘interest” payments.
As a former Banker, I have witnessed bad decisions based upon a lack of vision and direction. During these times entire industries have been wiped out – oil and gas service companies, commercial real estate, the S & L industry and Banks. Recently I watched the President of the United State get a CEO of an automobile company fired, and a competitor got money from the government and is now owned by an Italian company since the US Government decided it was okay to sell their stock in the number three US automaker to an Italian Auto Company. Now, there are only two US based auto companies left. Interesting decisions for a government needing jobs for a country’s citizens.
Finally, the Courage for the process. Every tough decision requires courage to stay the course. Yet, what course is that you may ask – it is the course of the common vision for the future. It will take courage to overcome all the naysayers and defeatist hanging around complaining about your actions. This is the time for Real Leaders to step to the front of the line and take charge of their organizations and our government (personal leaders can step up the heat on politicians).
We are at a point where personal agendas have created a huge problem for the overall good of a country and their economic success. It is time for bold actions and bold decisions based upon the good of the whole -be it an organization or the country. Again, it takes courage to make a stand on what is the right thing to do, and it takes even more courage to create a vision of the future and begin to create and launch projects in the current time frame to create the desired future.
The key to getting our of this mess is calm and cool leaders who understand the true value of a clear vision and the courage to execute in the present to move towards the target. The real reasons for this need is someone to take responsibility to minimize the personal agenda tag and work for the good of the whole.
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