RSS Message to World Leaders: Choose Compromise

In this article, I want to venture out by making some personal observations about what I see today as a real lack of world leadership. This won’t be a political commentary, but it’s possible that I will receive feedback of a political nature. I’m okay with that. The important thing I want to accomplish is simply to establish a dialogue about what I feel we are missing from our world leaders, and to share some ideas that might foster more discussion. Feel free to chime in after reading this post!

Let me start by saying that I think many of our world leaders today are too ideological, inflexible, or self-absorbed to be effective in their role. A very recent newspaper article underscores my thinking about this ineffectiveness of political ideology to solve the world’s greatest problems. The author of the article utilized the financial mess in the United States to illustrate this ineffectiveness, but the article could just as easily have been about Greece or any number of other countries who are currently experiencing similar issues.

Having earned a bachelor’s degree in both Political Science and Economics, I understand the important role of politics and have strong opinions about what it might take to achieve sustainable economic vitality. Given this, I believe now is not the time to be overly-ideological. Instead, now is the time for world leaders to effectively balance the passions of their personal conviction with the courage to compromise in order to achieve the greater good. I believe they must establish a social agenda that benefits members of all political parties, all demographic profiles, and all economic classes.

A fine example of this concept in practice is a person who changed U.S. history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have always admired Dr. King for the passions of his conviction to achieve racial equality. He elevated contentious dialogue under very difficult circumstances, leading to a well-earned legacy of leadership. King provided insight based solely on peaceful activities, which is a model that led to success for all parties. The fact that he refused to engage in riotous activities was in itself an act of compromise.

To me, compromise is the dismissal of our own or our constituent’s interests, in order to create a better solution for all. Is this too idealistic to expect of our leaders? Possibly. Is it achievable? I think it is. It just requires different kind of leadership! I can only imagine what our world might be like if we had leaders who truly understood what the world needed in order to feel safer, to be healthier, to find greater happiness, and to sustain our world such that we make it better for our children and our children’s children. Of course, I know there are many leaders today who are trying hard to do the right thing for the right reasons. The problem is that they are the minority and they seem not to be gaining any traction. I ask you, is it not the primary objective of every leader to make their organization better and to keep it sustainable and growing?

Frankly, I think our leaders are just a reflection of the mistrust and ‘me-first’ attitude of a majority of Americans. Most people have become so disenfranchised about their ability to feel safe, be healthy, and be happy that they are left only with their passions to guide them. We need leaders to show that compromising is not weak, but rather a plausible means to achieving ultimate success.

I expect to receive many contrary opinions, and I truly welcome them. After all, if you are willing to engage in this dialogue, I know you will join me in wanting to make the world better for us all!

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4 Responses to “Message to World Leaders: Choose Compromise”

  1. Brent MacCluer says:

    Very well written and I agree completely!

  2. Mitch says:

    Thank you, Brent! I truly value your feedback.

  3. Nicole Allen - Pacific Continental Bank Employee says:

    Hi Mitch! Great blog! I was just having a discussion with my husband about how nowadays it is pretty much impossible to have a ‘Great Leader.’ I completely agree with the check and balance system and also believe ‘power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely’ but sometimes I just wish people would relax and let people lead. Everything is so criticized and micro managed that it’s impossible for a person to really stand up and make the tough decisions that, as a country, we need. I characterize a great leader by what they do to further the greater good, not their career. Thank you, Mitch, for always writing great blogs!

  4. Mitch says:

    Thank you, Nicole. I am flattered by your praise and am also glad to see that this post is appreciated. Being a great or even a good leader requires ongoing growth. You offer some valuable insight on the topic.

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