Leadership Qualities

Thoughtful words by Peter Wehner in an essay in The Atlantic [1], about the requirements for leadership in crisis:

The qualities we most need in a president during this crisis are calmness, wisdom, and reassurance; a command of the facts and the ability to communicate them well; and the capacity to think about the medium and long term while carefully weighing competing options and conflicting needs. We need a leader who can persuade the public to act in ways that are difficult but necessary, who can focus like a laser beam on a problem for a sustained period of time, and who will listen to—and, when necessary, defer to—experts who know far more than he does. We need a president who can draw the nation together rather than drive it apart, who excels at the intricate work of governing, and who works well with elected officials at every level. We need a chief executive whose judgment is not just sound, but exceptional.

(cf Weight of Office (2000-11-30), Al Gore (2004-09-14), Christmas Strength and Weakness (2020-01-03), ...) - ^z - 2020-03-29