Robin Smith / July 27, 2020

Traits of Leaders

What a contrast when you consider leadership against the rabble rousers in urban America.

Americans should be concerned that a growing number of young adults have no understanding of the concept of authentic leadership. As legendary Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi used to say, “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” Too many young people, products of public school indoctrination, don’t get it.

“Protests” across our nation have left major cities in abject ruin. These are led by young activists with escalating demands that began as a cry that “Black Lives Matter,” yet it moved to calls for law enforcement to be defunded by local governments. Then the demands escalated to abolish prisons, as rioters created zones of occupation complete with filth, trash and violence that are destroying businesses. Marxist Democrats in helmets, with guns, frozen water bottles, bricks, M-80 explosives, and rocks have set fire to federal and private property.

Contrast this undisciplined, unbridled anger from people Senator Tom Cotton has accurately dubbed emotionally incontinent “Woke Children” with the traits of leadership employed by so many who have accomplished feats of notoriety, heroism, personal, and business success.

In 2019, it’s estimated that 1,000 books were published daily, excluding self-publishing, and that top sellers annually involve the topic of leadership. Among the books listed as the 10 books that will change your life in one long weekend were eight books that focused on being successful through work. Made in America by Sam Walton emphasizes humility, respect, leading a team, and learning from others. Another recommended title is Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins, whose janitor-to-mega-motivation speaker story challenges readers to excel in mind, body, and spirit by taking personal responsibility. Then there’s Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success by Steve Harvey, which tells of the challenges to achieve his dreams through perseverance, hard work, and the discipline of gratitude. Most lists of books on success and leadership include one on Warren Buffett, and Tap Dancing to Work was more about how Buffett lives modestly, values family, stresses integrity in business and life, and rejects envy of those who have succeeded. Instead, Buffett says, we should learn from their successes.

Are we seeing our young adults displaying humility, respect, excellence in mind, body, or spirit? Are students today taught to value the discipline of gratitude and living within their means? Is the virtue of integrity valued and are successful individuals honored for achievement? Is envy rejected?

These questions are shamefully rhetorical. The largest age group of those in today’s protest movement is under 35 years of age. Envy is the currency of the Marxist Democrats’ economy, with entitlement as the mindset instead of perseverance. Personal responsibility is never tethered to the rights being demanded by these adolescents.

For those who embrace educational excellence and critical thinking and pursue the traits and virtues of a leader, an amazing opportunity awaits. As Forbes observed in a March 2017 piece listing the 11 Powerful Traits of Successful Leaders, “Successful leaders are the power and intellect behind their organizations.” These organizations can be large or small, corporate or volunteer. The value of the capacity to lead transcends occupation, vocation, and any demographic.

So, what are keys of leadership?

Self-management, strategic action, effective communication, personal accountability and responsibility, setting clear goals with persistence to achieve them, setting a vision for one’s future, managing complexity for the purpose of solving problems, fostering creativity and innovation, building teams and fostering cohesiveness, creating lasting relationships through gratitude and the applause of others, and, finally, learning agility that “hinges on developing critical thinking skills, being accepting of uncertainty, having social and emotional intelligence and always having the desire and determination to push forward.”

Every trait there is fundamentally American.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2021 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.