I’m back home after my sojourn to LA, and I have been thinking a lot about my recent posts about courage and its role in being a great leader, whether in business, politics or society. The articles I’ve recently cited spoke of being “yourself”, “real” or “authentic” to achieve courageousness. With that in mind I read Maureen Dowd’s column yesterday in the NY Times about Hillary Clinton. I quote: “Hillary’s problem isn’t that she’s angry. It’s that she’s not angry enough….. Hillary has failed to lead in voicing outrage. She’s been too busy triangulating and calculating to be good at articulating.”
This is a prime example of the lack of courage in a political leader. “Triangulation” is a fancy name for wishy-washy. You can’t try to be all things to all people – you have to speak from the gut about what you believe in, even if the tide is against you. Ms. Clinton and the other prominent Democrats will stay in the minority for a long time to come unless they indeed show a lot more courage.