It is one of the most misunderstood concepts of our society. I am going through the editorial process with a publisher on a book on this topic called The Gunfighter’s Guide to Business. Still, we need to address the difference between a leader and a politician for our case here today. Because obviously, most people don’t know the difference. Every day in the news, somebody talks about Joe Biden as if he’s our “leader,” even Tucker Carlson on Fox News. There is a treacherous psychological mind trick going on here that is costing us a lot of national bandwidth that we need to straighten out because we are different in America than other places globally, and we need to understand why. We don’t elect leaders into office in the United States. We don’t make an effort to be led by titles. Remember, unlike what everyone tells us, we are not a Democracy; we are a Republic. And we elect people to represent our views in America. Not to lead us, leadership is scarce, and when we find them, we like them. But we can’t limit our scope to always waiting for some leader to emerge before leaving the campfire and exploring the nearest cave the way leader-driven cultures tend to do. We built our country to assume that leadership would be hard to find and was very rare, so leadership wasn’t needed in the political class. We just needed representatives to carry out the interests of the people who elected them, which is a vast difference from what we are told.
As I talk about in my upcoming book, leadership is forged like gold from the massive pressures of the universe. Not everyone has the stomach or the heart to be a leader. Typically we don’t see leaders emerging in our political circles because the conditions for making a leader do not exist there. We see them come about in military life to some extent, we see them in sports, but most of our leadership in America comes about in the business world. The percentage of authentic leadership is noticeably low; it’s a fraction of the total percentage of an overall population. For example, Tom Brady is a prominent leader in sports. He makes his coaching staff better with his leadership and teammates no matter what team he’s on. Tom Brady manages always to find success. You can see that type of leadership in CEOs, such as Steve Jobs. Modern-day Elon Musk has excellent leadership. It’s not the money he has which exhibits it, but it’s in his long string of successes and how he can communicate complicated vision to many people. Of course, when we think of leadership, we think of General Patton. I think of Claire Lee Chennault, who created the great Flying Tigers. But these are all names unique to the history and within our populations. They are far from commonplace.
The health of any culture should always be measured by the number of leaders it produces. But for that to occur, you have to understand what a leader is, and by calling politicians leaders by their titles, or worthless CEOs who expect to lead by title, then we are kidding ourselves toward the objectives of success, in a healthy culture that proportionally, America is the best globally. We have our Tom Brady types coming out of leisure activities and our Elon Musks in science and industry. Other countries don’t have those people. It’s not because the skills aren’t in the population. But those cultures do not have a means of emerging them from obscurity into change state contributors, just as Indians of the Wild West spent much of their lives walking over gold but having no means to bring it out of the ground. And even if they did get to it, what would they have done with it? They had no economy to make money. They had no concept of money, so they never extracted gold for sociological use. There needs to be a means to bring about the treasures of existence, and if that culture does not develop those means, you will never get to the prize. That is what leadership is; it’s a treasure of human endeavor that can advance a society when it is found and utilized. But it is not created by silly titles, which is the prevailing belief by those too lazy and ill-equipped to develop a culture that produces leadership.
If we recognized that simple leadership trait, we would eliminate much of the corruption we see in politics currently and in the past and future. Because we have by default given out leadership designations to people by title and not merit, we have prevented authentic leadership from emerging and improving our lives and circumstances. Back to Tom Brady, think of all the professional football players we have seen over the years. But not until Tom Brady came along was the whole leadership package developed into a guy who had taken his football teams to so many Super Bowls and won when the surrounding players were all different, and even the teams were different. Tom Brady is proof that it’s not teams that win big games; it’s one individual who is a true leader. Socialist and Communist countries always fail because they have no interest in finding leadership. They have built their entire societies around collective consensus instead of leadership. That is undoubtedly the case of our institutions of learning and our government of today in general. They think leadership comes out of group behavior when it is forged from the pressure of success and failure—through much pain and turmoil and a refusal to take the loss as an answer to living.
By calling any political person a leader, we are cheapening the word for its true meaning and use. It is worse than all that it is a general punt by a declining society to be so quick to call worthless people leaders because the culture desires to shift away responsibility for leadership to people with titles instead of hashing out the problems themselves. They might fail in the task if they did try, but by not trying and giving the responsibility over to a titled person who does not have leadership, but is like Mitch McConnell, a politician in a high office, then a failure shouldn’t come as a surprise. Mitch McConnell will never be a leader of anybody. Joe Biden will never be a leader, nor is Vice President Commie Harris. Skin color can’t make a person a leader. Bootlicking doesn’t make a leader. Diversity training won’t make a leader, so globalism will ultimately fail because they seek to suppress leaders in favor of a system that makes politicians by title into positions of authority without earning the right through the pressures of living and becoming the best, thus creating leadership.
Not understanding leadership has led to many of the problems we see today and destroys the lives of those unable to see leadership for the value it brings. But make no mistake, just because someone wins an election, it does not make them a leader. Just because someone gets a promotion, it does not make them magically a leader. Not even a Super Bowl can do it; in the case of Tom Brady, he has shown that you must win many Super Bowls under many different conditions to show the power of leadership. But without these tests and high expectations, you get sorry performance and a culture destined for failure. And that is the danger of calling worthless politicians leaders when they are only haphazard politicians who represent us in politics at best.
Cliffhanger the Overmanwarrior
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