Who do you trust? Who do you believe anymore?
Ebola has come to the United States of America. Our President, the leader of the free world said it would not. He was wrong. Maybe the open border policy is not a good one.
The Center for Disease Control says we should not panic and this is an isolated case. This new plague can be easily contained and there is no issue. Nothing to see here. Purchase your Starbucks and watch your Netflix. Just remember to wash your hands. Maybe this disease is weapon-ized and we should be wondering what religion Patient Zero subscribes.
Okay, let’s calm down for a moment.
My point — A track record of double speak, political correctness, and failed leadership breeds distrust and hostility towards authority.
As a leader of a small team, project or a free republic, our words have consequences. Our credibility can shape the morale and effectiveness of our team or the direction of a nation.
It started with- “You like your healthcare…you can keep it.” To “Read my lips…No new taxes.” Don’t forget — “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
What we are witnessing today in our country and communities is failed leadership. From the top down in every aspect of execution…this crosses political and ideological lines.
I will never be on television managing a crisis but as a leader in my home, my church, my job, and my marriage I can subscribe to the following:
Be slow to speak and quick to listen.
Let your ‘yes’ be ‘yes’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no’.
Say what you mean and mean what you say.
Just my two cents. Excuse me. I’m going to wash my hands.