Lead, Follow or Please Get Out of the Way!

I had this impressed upon me from the beginning of my career.  Leaders need to lead, unless they can’t or shouldn’t or are incapable, in which case they need to follow or step aside.

It’s painfully obvious right now, who’s leading, who’s following (and not allowing others to lead) and who really just needs to get out of the way.

The chaos in which we are enduring should never have come to this.  I’m stunned by the number of community and state leaders who have either gone into hiding or emerge periodically with sound bites that aren’t helpful, effective, or remotely encouraging. 

We should all take note of the leaders who are present.  They are speaking up and acknowledging the horrific atrocities of the past week.  At the same time, they are in solidarity with the peaceful protesters as well as those in law enforcement and the National Guard, who are trying to restore law and order – because that’s their job. 

Some are watching their cities burn because the job is really too big for them.  They need to get out of the way – Now!  I pray for our country.  I pray for justice and equality for all.  I pray for an end to racism.  And most of all, I pray that we remove those from office who are incapable of leading or following and are frankly just in the way!  The American people deserve better!