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President doesn’t measure up as leader

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Recently the president said the following in reference to Congress: “They need to do their job. Now’s the time to go ahead and make the tough choices. That’s why they’re called leaders.” Does the president not know that the Congress is made up of representatives, not leaders? Isn’t the president the leader? But is he leading from the front or from behind? Nelson Mandela equated a great leader with a shepherd: “He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along, they are being directed from behind.” Martin Luther King, Jr. led an entire civil rights movement from the front. He marched many miles and was arrested many times for leading from the front. Given the choice of leadership techniques it appears this president would rather be a sheepherder than a leader. The best leaders lead from the front. They don’t delegate, abdicate or relegate the heavy lifting to “subordinates.” They dive headfirst into the hard work. John T. Nightingale, Auburn