Tonight, regardless of your support or lack of support for the President or the situation we currently face in Libya, our President looked like a president. He was strong in speech, decisive, and took personal responsibility for our country’s actions in Libya.
The line which struck me was, “When our interests and our values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act...” and, “(to not act) would be a betrayal to who we are” and “a failure to act in Libya would carry a far greater cost for America” and “there will be times when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our values are“.
It seems I’ve heard similar lines before in other occasions. I believe I recall days when this same president, prior to serving as president, was critical of similar actions by another president.
I’m not trying to be political…I’m a supporter of the office of presidency…regardless of who serves in that office. I’m not commenting on this activity in Libya directly, but I do think it’s a fitting reminder than when one sits in the seat of leadership, the view is different from when you are simply eyeing the seat and hoping for an opportunity to someday sit there.
I think this is true of other positions of leadership.
- Pastoring a church may look “easy”…until you have to do it…
- Being a parent may seem to come natural…until you have to do it…
- Leading in a business may at times appear to be common sense…until you have to do it…
The view changes when you actually sit in the chair of leadership.
Do you agree with my observation?
What other examples would you add to my list?