A couple of weeks ago I saw a video segment where President Obama was visiting a town meeting somewhere in America. The video showed a highly emotional young man breaking down into tears in thanking Mr. Obama for just being there, as though the very presence of the President would start making things better for him, and for us.
Is it any wonder that people are searching for feeling “high hopes”, or looking for heroes amid the rubble of fallen politicians, CEOs, bankers and the like.
As leaders, we need to avoid the hero worship that some would like to bestow on us. These are times that call for steady, consistent practice of time honored leadership principles. Crises come and go, while good leadership is always the same.
The issues we face today will be solved like they always have, by leaders who care for their people and inspire trust; who let their teams know where they are going and helps them obtain the skills to get there; and who remembers to ask their people to come along, to be a part of the team.
Simple, solid leadership, just like it has always been, just like it will always be.