Earn the trust of those you wish to lead or continue to die the slow death you seem so intent to bring upon yourselves and the Republican Party
A brief lesson and warning for the current Republican “leadership”
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There is one indisputable ingredient in any relationship that if does not exist, the relationship will disintegrate. It does not matter if the relationship is between a couple, best friends, a team, or a political organization. Without this glue that bonds the relationships together, it all falls apart. It cannot be purchased or demanded by threat. Its value is priceless, but free to be given to anyone. The ingredient I speak of is TRUST.
Genuine leaders know instinctively that it is trust and the ability to earn trust that is the most important quality they possess. A true leaders first goal is to earn the trust of those who they ask to follow them. Once they have established trust, a leader will guard this commodity with everything they have in their possession knowing that once broken or lost it is almost impossible to mend or secure again. Most importantly, if the trust between a leader and those he or she leads is broken, that person by default ceases to be a leader. If that same person is the head of an organization or a team, any goal that he or she wishes to propose is doomed to failure no matter how well planned out it is. It is trust that allows a leader to pick the pieces up after a failure to regroup and convince others to try again.
No other principle or attribute can stand in trust’s place to make up for its loss. Once trust is lost, all is lost.
This is the problem facing the Republican Party. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell appear to be doing everything in their power to erode any remaining trust that they had with conservatives. One must assume that neither is a true leader and should be replaced because neither demonstrates that he has a true understanding of the basic principles required of leadership to lead the Republican Party to victory in the future. If they truly were leaders, they would have known trying to fool and hide their actions from people they expect to lead is not an option to even be considered, let alone employed. Deceit is to be deployed against the enemy, not your own.
Joining them in this demonstration of leadership ignorance is the established consultant class the Republican Party has come to rely on. These are the people advising Republican leadership to undertake efforts that destroy the bridge of trust with the very people who they need to follow them. They are abetted by the established Republican pundit class who egg-on these efforts trying to convince everyone that not expressing mistrust in the established Republican leadership is against the good of the party. It appears that years of education within the confines of Ivy league colleges followed by further years of rubbing elbows with politicians in Washington D.C. has obliterated any neuron that identifies trust as the principle that gives a leader, movement, or an organization life that cannot be replaced by polls, studies, or campaign contribution intake.
This is the state of the Republican Party as it exists today and the reason why it will never win again.
Lets give one last notice to the Republican Party as to why it is doomed, and what it must do to save itself from itself:
- You cannot lead people who do not trust you. You must act in a way that is trustworthy.
- You must earn that trust by proving you deserve to be trusted, there is no substitute.
- You cannot earn trust by lying to and deceiving the very people you wish to trust you.
- You are responsible for whether or not you are trusted and no other. Your success or failure in the cannot be blamed on another.
Thus ends the lesson and the warning. Earn the trust of those you wish to lead or continue to die the slow death you seem so intent to bring upon yourselves and the Republican Party.