Aside from hurricanes, floods and droughts the news headlines are the presidential campaign issues. President Obama and Congress approval ratings are at an all time low but the assemblage of candidates has varied backgrounds and experience.
Here’s the top ten qualities Americans are looking for in their President:
- Integrity- The presidential bedrock must be integrity, perceived and real. A president must not violate their moral code. A leader knows when to take a stand for what is right, and they should abide by the principle of a matter when it comes to moral issues. A president will earn respect from all by exhibiting integrity in all their decisions.
- Intelligence- The President needs superior intelligence but need not be brilliant, deep or blindingly original. He needn’t be an intellectual or a second-class intellect but have a first-class temperament. A President needs a sense of history, including a feel for the situations where history does and does not apply.
- Trustworthy- Americans have a lot of common-sense wisdom in their gut, and in that light they have ranked lawyers near or at the bottom of the trustworthiness scale. When polled about who they trust (by occupation), people have consistently ranked Doctors and Teachers at the top of the list, and Lawyers at or near the bottom.
- Honesty- After decades of Presidents that have been perceived as “less than honest” America is desperately seeking an honest, straightforward candidate. Campaign promises have been simply their stepping stone to the oval office. Once in power the president allows lobbyists to sway their every move.
- Leadership- Needed more urgently than at any time since FDR, the United States needs an extraordinary leader in the White House. Leadership is that intangible that most of us believe matters especially in the White House. It’s been missing far too long.
- Courage- “We should always be wary of Presidential courage. In the absence of wisdom, leaders who defy public opinion may take the nation over a cliff. But we must still demand that Presidents will, at vital moments, be willing to jeopardize themselves for an essential cause.”- Michael Beschloss
- Empathy- America wants someone that listens to/represents the people and not special interests or party-“A man of conviction who is willing to fight for his principles but who is able, by conciliation or compromise, to avoid such a fight. A vigorous, decisive man who can make up his mind, get things done and not be pushed around by other people.”
- Charisma- A president needs to be likable. Leadership positions at any level are largely about building relationships. Having a magnetic personality, or the ability to inspire others, is a tremendous asset to a leader. A charismatic president has the ability to win the hearts of the people and the friendship of other nations.
- Common Sense- Often taken for granted, many politicians and lawyers have long forgot the simple solution to issues.
- Good moral character- The people “have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge– I mean of the character and conduct of their rulers.”- John Adams