Williamstown, MA (PRWEB) November 9, 2005
"The hammering George W. Bush's presidency is taking in the opinion polls with the missteps over Katrina, budget deficits, high gas prices, Plamegate, and the War in Iraq has the administration reeling; but it has not been in serious danger until recent poll numbers were posted," says leadership expert, Brent Filson.
Filson points to a 11/04/05 Washington Post-ABC poll indicating that for the first time in George W. Bush's presidency, a majority of Americans -- 58 percent to 40 percent -- question his integrity.
"That finding has not been given much notice in the media. But it is like the submerged ice-razor that ripped open the hull of the Titanic," says Filson, who is the founder and president of the leadership consultancy, The Filson Leadership Group, Inc. "George Bush can govern with low approval ratings. Many leaders have done great things while being unpopular with the people. A leader's popularity and that same leader's capacity to get great results don't necessarily correlate. However, if Bush fails to deal with the integrity question, he'll be thwarted by popular indignation for the remainder of his term.. Losing the trust of the people means he'll lose his most important capital."
Filson avers that the loss in people's trust stems primarily from the War in Iraq. Recent polls reveal Americans in growing numbers believe he misled the country into war.
Filson says, however, that Bush can get his presidency back on track and be a highly effective leader throughout the remainder of his term if he begins manifesting a crucial leadership principle. "This principle has guided leaders in all nations and all cultures throughout history," Filson says. "It's this: that whenever ordinary people needed to perform extraordinary feats, a leader had to go to those people and speak from the heart. It's as simple as that. And as complicated as that."
Filson observes that, for starters, the President should avoiding giving his habitual, canned speech before the usual vetted audience but instead should "go to the people."
"Going to the people would mean giving heartfelt talks about the War in Iraq to a wide variety of audiences in many places around the nation. With the December 15 elections coming up, he has the opportunity to make a dramatic announcement describing a bold, new vision about the War and specific ways he sees to manifest that vision. He must be truthful, authentic, passionate. In this way, he can start to turn the tide of distrust before it overwhelms his administration. The point is that lethal, beneath-the-surface damage has been identified. I hope for the sake of the country that he and his aides heed its counsel."
See 685 word article by Brent Filson: http://www.actionleadership.com/articles/0059.html
The author of 23 books, Brent Filson first learned about leadership as a Marine Corps rifle platoon commander. For the past 20 years, as a civilian, he has helped thousands of leaders in major companies worldwide achieve sizable and continual increases in results. He has published many books and hundreds of articles on leadership, developed motivational leadership strategies and created and instituted leadership educational and training programs. He has lectured at Columbia University, M.I.T., Wake Forest, Villanova and many other universities. Recently, he has conducted more than 125 radio interviews dealing with leadership in today's world.
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