Leadership is a slippery concept. While methods vary, leaders create paths for people to work together toward common goals. In politics, we expect our leaders to fight for our interests while investigating options and creating opportunities. More than anything, however, we expect our leaders to lead.
It’s not a pretty time to be a politician. The rancor over budget discussions, health care and immigration reform have brought out the worst in all of us, whether at town hall meetings or on social media. I respect politicians for the time and sacrifices they make in the attempt to reach consensus, but our country is currently experiencing a leadership void.