We all are better prepared to sacrifice when we are confident that our leaders are focused on the one issue that will get us closer to normal as fast as possible.
We are close to another election. The incumbent had anticipated that the economy would be the wave that carried him into a second term.
- It would take guts for anybody to order stay at home orders, spend billions on ventilators and masks before we believed it was in our best interests.
- It would take guts to tell America there was an invisible force coming.
- What would not have taken guts was testing.
- The failure to immediately go all in on testing is unforgivable.
- Testing would have primed the nation to accept the next measures.
But that is leadership. It’s the Who, What, When, and How of success.
Great leaders know intuitively who to listen to, what to do first, when to act, and how to tell a nation we are in trouble if we don’t act now and act boldly.
Great leaders do not try to rewrite history or call truth fake news. Alternative history is not real.
Leadership requires trust and trust comes from being consistently honest.
Humility and a since of spirituality helps build trust. Great leaders need to be perceived as straight shooters and not be perceived as deceitful by over half the population.
Who would have been the leader that could have acted boldly and quickly? We don’t know. It’s one thing to make a decision while on the hot seat and another while on the sofa.
I have a neighbor that flies the Flag on their house and we don’t talk politics because we can guess each other’s opinion of Trump. Today they said New York City (Governor, Mayor) should have shut down their city much sooner; that many living and working in NYC traveled out of the city spreading the virus.
My neighbors also were critical of Los Angeles’ Mayor for too tightly requiring people to stay inside their homes and not even letting them walk their dogs outside.
You know where I am going with this. Trump supporters are going to blame governors and mayors for the spread of Covid 19. Not because they think that is the best way to help reelect Trump, but that they actually believe it isn’t his fault.
The problem is that much of the spread of Covid 19 stems from the 70 days that passed from the time Trump was briefed and the day when he stopped downplaying the pandemic. He was calling it fake news instead of rallying governors, mayors, and us into taking action and investing in ventilators and masks. Trump did not ask for the stimulus package and when the first one passed he said it was more than he wanted.
Here is a link to an article that I found interesting about the longer term ramifications of Covid 19. …Here is an introductory snippet: “Crisis moments also present opportunity: more sophisticated and flexible use of technology, less polarization, a revived appreciation for the outdoors and life’s other simple pleasures. No one knows exactly what will come, but here is our best stab at a guide to the unknown ways that society—government, healthcare, the economy, our lifestyles and more—will change.”