Elected officials are responsible to serve all the constituents, not just those with one point of view. This not a trivial or easy task. It takes empathy, wisdom, humility and a dedication to find and communicate the â€śdeeper truthâ€? of a situation.
The division, polarization and nastiness we see in politics today is a testament to how little responsible leadership we currently have. True effective and responsible leadership first understands and empathizes with all the perspectives in a district, city, county, state or country; not just the ones that are like them, not just the ones who vote, not just the ones who donate money and not just the ones that are vocal.
Then the effective responsible leader finds the common ground. Yes, there is always common ground. It may take work, growth and humility to find it, but it's there.
Next, the effective responsible leader compassionately communicates that common ground to all with enough warmth and clarity that it is accepted. Again, it is no easy task, but it is absolutely possible in every situation.
Lastly, a course of action is proposed that clearly supports everyone based on the understanding of common ground.
As difficult as this is, it is neither impossible nor unrealistic. It _is the criteria we voters should use in electing our officials, or in deciding to be an elected official.
Hear this: A leader's positive influence is a direct reflection of their ability to act with an open heart.
- Scott Friedman, Camarillo