Lead­er­ship prob­lem

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

We have a se­ri­ous prob­lem with our lead­er­ship in this coun­try. Our lead­ers make bad de­ci­sions but don’t re­al­ize the de­ci­sions are bad.

Why? Be­cause those de­ci­sions never ad­versely ef­fect the lead­ers, only the fol­low­ers. The lead­ers al­ways ex­empt them­selves from any ad­verse con­se­quences.

For ex­am­ple, the bankers have had a hun­dred years to cre­ate rules and reg­u­la­tions that per­mit them to cre­ate wealth and de­cide who gets the wealth. Yet they still man­age to make bad de­ci­sions, re­quir­ing bailouts from the work­ing cit­i­zens.

As a child, I was taught that a good leader was one who took care of those fol­low­ing first. Our lead­ers de­mand spe­cial priv­i­leges and out­ra­geous re­ward for re­fus­ing to do a com­pe­tent job. The sad part is that they are usu­ally given ev­ery­thing they want. They gladly take from the fol­low­ers with­out a shred of guilt.

scott Plough

san Mar­cos

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