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The Leadership Vacuum

We are in the midst of the weirdest and most leaderless season of public life in modern U.S. history. And I’m left wondering: “Where are our leaders?”

Is there a leader out there who will bring us together? Who can walk us back from the edge? I don’t mean just in national offices in Washington D.C., “Where are the leaders in our communities, council chambers, state legislatures, small businesses and non-profits, corporate boardrooms and everywhere else?”

Many are called leaders— but where are they?

Why the silence?

We, as a society, are stuck. We don’t know how to act or how to get ourselves out of this situation. It’s not just that we have bad leaders it’s that there is a total and complete vacuum of leadership in our culture. Everyone is “leading” but no one is following.

We are experiencing a leadership vacuum.

I believe a leader takes you where you cannot or will not go on your own. On our own we only seem to division division or self-interest. (or both)

The Leadership Test

Here’s what I know about leadership:

  • When the fire starts
  • When the earth quakes
  • When the bomb goes off
  • When the robber shows his gun
  • When the king falls
  • When you’re pinned down
  • When you’re stuck in the snow
  • When the doctor calls it
  • When the teacher goes to the office
  • When the bank says no
  • When all hope is lost

That’s when you find out who the leader is. Leadership isn’t a title, it’s a trait.

And, I can’t speak for anyone else, but I think we need some of that right about now.

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in the San Diego neighborhood of Rolando with their three children.

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