"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy."
We have a common misconception these days that INTELLIGENCE = LEADERSHIP. As we all-to-often learn, there is a big difference between intellect and effectiveness--in fact, they have little to do with each other. Many of our nations greatest leaders throughout history were not particularly brilliant, but they had a quality that instilled confidence and faith in their ability to lead. They were able to gain the trust of the people through the strength of their character. People were able to put their trust in them.
Honesty and integrity are two of the most important qualities in a leader, and something see very little of in those who represent us today. We have very low expectations that those we put into office are going to actually do what they say they will do--in fact, we expect them to do few of the things they promise. It's a given these days that politicians are going to tell us what they think we want to hear instead of what they really believe in and intend to accomplish.
America has never needed leadership more than it does today. Perhaps we should start valuing character again. Start looking for leaders that don't talk about what they are going to do, but those that actually accomplish the things they set out to do--because they actually believe in the things they say.