When “it’s the economy, stupid,” I’m of little help. My understanding is limited to the School House Rock-type cartoon that shows the animated dollar bill bouncing more slowly between banks, businesses and individuals during a recession.

An economics class never showed up on my schedule in college — and I have not been burdened with a family inheritance to manage. So I have no idea what the power structure in Washington should or should not do in this time of financial crisis.

However, I am intrigued that several columnists and commentators this morning are talking about failed leadership. They point to a lame-duck, unpopular president and a house speaker who gave an untimely partisan speech.

Most politicians are just pointing toward each other to assign blame for a failed bailout proposal designed to get the economy back on some part of the track.

Leadership is an interesting concept. My earliest sense of a good leader was someone who made a big splash with their personality and possessed a strong ability to persuade.

Getting someone to follow you may make you a leader, but not necessarily a good leader. It depends on where you take others and how you treat them.

My current view of leadership is more focused on accomplishments than personalities. Leaders can come in all shapes, sizes and ages.

Strategic thinking is what I admire most in a leader. This is someone who listens to the many good, bad and mediocre ideas being bounced around and then pulls together the best of the bantering and shapes it into a plan that is clear, concise and widely embraced.

Whether it is in Congress or in the church, good leadership is needed. Without it, our messes seem to just get messier.

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