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Mickey Edwards
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Mickey Edwards

Former U.S. Congressman, Mickey Edwards is vice president of the Aspen Institute, where he directs the Institute's Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership.

Silent Sabotage

Instilling fear may help one achieve a specific short-term goal but it is hardly the same as exercising leadership.

One who inspires, creates buy-in, creates a road map for achievement of common goals, builds an effective team, assigns roles in keeping with capacity, etc., is leading.

One who bullies, is arbitrary, or otherwise instills fear, is more likely to breed failure than success -- fearful people are often too timid in their decision-making or too stressed to analyze dispassionately -- and may well stir resentment that can lead to betrayal, silent sabotage, etc.

There has to be accountability, and people who don't perform may need to be replaced, but the process, the standards, and the expectations should be clearly spelled out and every effort should be made to ensure a successful performance. That, not instilling fear, is the true exercise of leadership.

By Mickey Edwards

 |  August 18, 2009; 12:40 PM ET
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So when Nancy Pelosi calls her Bear Republic astroturf and then spike heels a walk out on them, and gets a BEAR revolt
response of petitions in every County recordation office to be pooled with other County "recorded documents to be entered into the Library of Congress from the State, it is the legal end of power for that leadership.

The petition to Redress for No Confidence in the the Federal Government of the United States of America by recall (every member named) of Congress, The Hill, The Cabinet, The Czars, and Obama, apparently have replaced trying to be heard at town hall meetings.

50 states compiling in every County, pretty much seems like American are done listening and being ignored, doesn't it?

Posted by: dottydo | August 18, 2009 4:28 PM
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