Sometimes a headline just catches your eye. Recently the news has been inundated with reports about a Florida Pastor who vowed to spend the anniversary of 9/11 burning the Koran- the Muslim holy book. His tirade made local, national, and international news almost overnight. Most conveniently, this self-proclaimed “leader” chose to piggyback on the tragedy of 9/11 to gain enough momentum to inject his “two cents” into the ground-zero mosque debate.
In my opinion, you can learn a great deal about leadership by merely watching those who proclaim to lead others. This church pastor from Gainesville, Florida not only tried to detract from honoring the memory of those lost nine years ago and those lost since while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he willingly ignited the radicals who seek to harm every American troop they cast their eyes upon. If he was hoping to gain national acclaim as a hero among the American people in an anti-Muslim movement, I think he certainly failed. However, his threats did do something- they incited a protest in Afghanistan that left eleven people injured and another in Badakhshan that ended in one man being shot dead.
As leaders we must always remember that our actions will set the stage for the reactions of those around us. Failing to look beyond the immediate impact of our decisions often comes with grave consequences.
Monday Morning Perspective:
“The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” -Dwight David Eisenhower
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