A different kind of leadership

Dear Editor:

In most of my 72 years (starting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower) I’ve observed many presidents. Now there is a quagmire in the White House.

There are two quotes relating to a well-run presidency. One is from a president and one is from a first lady.

“The presidency is not merely an administrative office. That’s the least of it. It is more than an engineering job, efficient or inefficient. It is pre-eminently a place of moral leadership.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

“It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as much as powerful influence of the combined voice of the people themselves.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

In closing, moral leadership is a very different kind of leadership. Rather than aspiring to be followed, moral leaders aim to serve. Instead of showcasing their own skills, moral leaders tend to develop a capacity for others.

Connie Pfeffer


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