Leadership and government

On Tuesday, November 8, vote for a true leader, not simply a politician.


ST. LOUIS, November 6, 2016 – John Quincy Adams said that if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. Do these elusive individuals still exist in our government?

As a leader, you must know who you are. You must know your strengths and weaknesses, your capabilities and limitations. You must, above all else, be a person of integrity. You must lead by example, creating trust and helping your team to succeed.

The leader must have great communication skills. He or she must open the lines of communication and ensure that team members are comfortable coming to him to discuss all types of issues. This communication skill must be verbal as well as written. The communication must be transparent, honest and open. One of the cardinal rules in communications is “no surprises” at any level.

Bad communications results in chaos. Communications must be honest no matter how difficult it is for the leader to deliver.

A leader must be able to adapt to different situations. Know the problem, know the circumstances, know the people involved and their profiles. But most importantly, before taking any action, get all the facts relative to the situation.

According to Warren Bennis, a professor at the University of Southern California believes “Managers do things right but leaders do the right thing.”

Looking at our current government, there is no leadership.

Who is setting a vision for the America people without a political agenda and the ability to communicate and motivate the people?


Who is the leader-decision maker- for fast and furious? The administration leadership is no were to be found.

Who is the leader – decision maker-for the IRS scandal maybe some retired and others promoted?

Where is the leadership to do an audit for all the departments to have an audit for money spent without a paper trail, cut duplication of jobs, cutting waste and fraud, who is responsible for checking travel and seminars?

Where is the leadership to ensure that our foreign policies reflect our strength and moral stand?

Who stands at the head of America and invites us to follow, to set the tone for our country and to display strong moral character?

Election day is Tuesday, November 8. Vote for leaders. Vote for people who stand tall for America and for the American people. Vote for a leader.

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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.
Charles spent a fifty-four-year career in technology, retiring at the director level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a freelance columnist, he has published three books, made over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, and been involved in numerous radio interviews and one television commercial. He has been married for sixty-five years, and has four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grand children. Charles is also a Navy veteran.