As if unrolling a tapestry, last week President Obama laid out a remake of Teddy Rooseveltâ€™s New Nationalism speech from 1910. Some call the Presidentâ€™s speech a populist appeal. I donâ€™t care so much if it is or isnâ€™t, but I do care to find out if we can sift through the speech to glean a few leadership tidbits.
In the speech we see clear signs of charismatic leadership. President Obama lays out the visionâ€”fair rules, superior education, and a strong middle class developing and manufacturing innovative products for global consumption. He states, â€śWe should be known for creating and selling products all around the world that are stamped with three proud words: Made in America.â€ť
Secondly, he works to build a bond with his supporters. He does this by reiterating the pain theyâ€™ve felt through declining fortunes and echoing their hope for a better future. The speech is a rallying cry to pull together. Will members of each side of the political divide listen and pay heed? I doubt it.
I frequently tell people that we, as humans respond to pain. The current pain is not great enough for the politicians. When it does become significant, when a catastrophic event takes place then they will pull together.
In the meantime, whether youâ€™re conservative or liberal, listen to the Presidentâ€™s speech or read a transcript. Look for his vision and how he builds a bond. I think youâ€™ll find a few nuggets in there.
â€˘ Charismatic leadership characteristic #1: lay out a compelling vision
â€˘ Charismatic leadership characteristic #2: build a bond with your followers
â€˘ Humans respond to pain
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