Many contrasts exist between Governor Romney and Speaker Gingrich. For example: Romney came to office in a statewide election; Gingrich never has. Romney has been an executive leader his entire career; Gingrich has not been an executive leader in the classic sense of “executive.” Romney’s core values are well known and he has lived them his entire life; Gingrich’s values appear to have shifted and “matured” over time.
Strong leadership traits in our next President are needed in ways this nation has not seen in decades. The longing for a proven, strong leader seems ever-present when we are reminded daily of the leadership void in the Oval Office today — a shame (why does it appear that Mr. Obama is on nothing more than a joy ride to me?).
Many lists exist of character traits most often possessed by a good leader. Following is a very good list, I believe. Rather than draw distinctions myself between Governor Romney and Speaker Gingrich as leaders, please take a moment and read each of the following carefully and think of those distinctions yourself. I have studied both men over many years; I think each man is much different in each of these important traits. As you read these, try to really think of what you know of each man’s past, character, behavior, temperament, actions, support of wife, family, colleagues, etc.
I believe you will conclude as I have, that Governor Mitt Romney is a far superior leader — In fact, I don’t think Gingrich even holds a candle to Romney as a wise, trusted, strong “leader.” I believe Gingrich is weak and not nearly as intelligent as some Americans believe. As I see it, there is no contest here.
Honest — Display sincerity, integrity, and candor in all your actions. Deceptive behavior will not inspire trust.
Competent — Base your actions on reason and moral principles. Do not make decisions based on childlike emotional desires or feelings.
Forward-looking — Set goals and have a vision of the future. The vision must be owned throughout the organization. Effective leaders envision what they want and how to get it. They habitually pick priorities stemming from their basic values.
Inspiring — Display confidence in all that you do. By showing endurance in mental, physical, and spiritual stamina, you will inspire others to reach for new heights. Take charge when necessary.
Intelligent — Read, study, and seek challenging assignments.
Fair-minded — Show fair treatment to all people. Prejudice is the enemy of justice. Display empathy by being sensitive to the feelings, values, interests, and well-being of others.
Broad-minded — Seek out diversity.
Courageous — Have the perseverance to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Display a confident calmness when under stress.
Straightforward — Use sound judgment to make a good decisions at the right time.
Imaginative — Make timely and appropriate changes in your thinking, plans, and methods. Show creativity by thinking of new and better goals, ideas, and solutions to problems. Be innovative!
What are your conclusions as you thought through the differences of these two men? I could write for hours of the differences I see in each man from just the above 10 leadership traits. How do you see them?
“The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.” — Publius Syrus