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Leadership Tips: Think for Yourself, for our Country’s Sake

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Today is President’s Day in the United States, which is fitting as we have the political primaries in full swing. In the six years I have worked for Fierce, I have never felt a stronger need for Fierce Conversations to happen on our congressional floor, between our representatives, with our presidential candidates, AND with ourselves. The leaders in our country need to step up. And we do too.

My expectation for our country’s leaders is for them to be fierce. This means they must gain the capacity to connect with people – of all different, sometimes competing, viewpoints – on a DEEP level. They must build relationships instead of destroy them. They must bring people together, instead of pushing them apart. They must raise the best solution without making others wrong. And we must expect this of them.

This week’s fierce tip is to think for yourself for our country’s sake. Now is the time to reflect on the past and present leaders in your life that you respect and follow. What expectations do you have for our future President?

When I write down my short list, it includes:

  • Connect at a deep level and build relationships. 
  • Have a vision (and I am not talking about a tagline).
  • Bring more people together than you tear apart.
  • Be open and curious.
  • Do what you say you will. 
  • Tell the truth – with heart and skill. It may be painful at first, but it heals.

So: What is your list? What would you add or subtract from mine?


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