Behave like a world leader!

It’s been two weeks and I can’t let go of just how significant the US elections have been.  It’s a curious phenomenon, that before Obama is officially president, his campaign to get there, has signaled a paradigm shift that is intoxicating the globe.  It seems that the world has awoken to the realization that no longer does the politics of power have to dominate, but people, mobilized by community, can find their voices singing down the hallways of influence.

That’s remarkable!

The way people behaved has had more influence than the way Obama has lead.  They are integrally linked of course, but it deserves noting that the collective, communal behaviour of millions of Americans has signaled change – not Obama the man!

“The way we behave every day, has the ability to change the world” – heard that one? That psycho babble mumbo jumbo that races off the book store shelves with the promise of a new life.  Yes that very line, as contrived as it may have seemed for so long, has just become reality.

I hope that the changes within America can begin to instill in all of us a sense of belief that what we do everyday matters.  That it is not what we become, what status we achieve, what our bank balance will look like, but just what we do!

All great leaders understand that and will always seek partners that share the collective belief in the collective.  So when we are pissed off, frustrated, disillusioned or down right disengaged from the world that we no longer like, ask yourself this question:

‘What can I do to mobilize a community of people to make things change?’

Then reach out and build relationships, just one that is loaded with high levels of trust and sharing. By doing that you energise that relationship to begin attracted more relationships…..and the rest is history, Obama-style!

3 thoughts on “Behave like a world leader!

  1. “It seems that the world has awoken to the realization that no longer does the politics of power have to dominate, but people, mobilized by community, can find their voices singing down the hallways of influence.”

    (I preference this with I’m a South African who has been living in the USA for 24 months now, and 24 months before now I would be agreeing with you.But after a lot of study & reading & living here! I now completely disagree with you.)

    Are you kidding me? The guy with the most ardent grass-roots following was Ron Paul. Have you heard of him?

    Obama is a politician, a very good one, but a politician first and foremost. People that think they were part of a revolution, were not. They were a small cog a big political campaign.

    Ron Paul was the most honest, civic minded candidate loved by most who got to hear him, wining straw polls and nationally televised debate (votes by text message and online).

    And raised the most amount of money in a single day for any candidate $5.2 million on the anniversary of the Boston tea party. That was without any involvement of Ron Paul’s campaign! YES WITHOUT ANY offical organization, completely grass-roots. Yet he was completely shut out by the media and his party. Why? Because he represented REAL change, not a symbol of change.

    You think that any democrat would lose after the way the republican president (with democrat congress for a number of them) governed and the Financial crisis?

    If you look at the way the Mass Media, Military Industrial Complex and the two parties appoint and control the candidates you will see that this wasn’t what you proclaim in your article to be.

    Fantastic as it is that a African American was elected president, it wasn’t his policies that are change, it was the color of his skin. That’s sad.

    Some key Commentary:

    http://www.lewrockwell.com/gregory/gregory170.html

    “Consider the hysteria we have witnessed over the last couple weeks. Despite the nearly identical programs of both Obama and McCain – the continuation of the empire, the police state, the corporatist regulatory machine and entitlements, with some superficial differences here and there – millions of Americans are convinced this is “the most important election” in decades, if not since the birth of the American republic.

    Because their two agendas are so similar, every minor difference becomes amplified into a question of immense international importance. Obama prefers a slightly higher tax rate on the highest tax bracket – thus he is a “socialist” whereas McCain is “laissez-faire.” Obama wants to be more conventionally diplomatic while still beefing up the military and sending more troops to Afghanistan and maybe Pakistan and elsewhere, and so he is the “peace candidate.”

    Those of us who have paid close attention to American politics for years, and not just around election time but every day, can only be amused by the hysteria gripping the nation. Tens of millions of Americans wait in line to vote, and for what? Even the genuine major differences between the two – for example, who will actually kill more people abroad – is a matter of conjecture.”

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/10/torn_between_obama_and_mccain.html

    “There are two main problems with “hope” as an electoral justification. First, it seems to imply that we as a country are so desperate that we can only hope Obama can save us from collapse. This indicates not hope in Obama, but an astonishing lack of hope in ourselves, something no president can remedy.

    Second, many voters in my cohort see Obama more as a symbol of hope: whether because of his mixed-race heritage, his age, or his rhetoric. This is a comforting illusion, and probably among the worst reasons to vote for someone. Have we reached the point in American politics at which symbolism has become an explicit voting reason? Politics is politics is politics–always and forever. Anyone who doubts that Obama is a standard politician–albeit a very good one–should read Ryan Lizza’s portrait of Obama’s years as a Chicago politician in the July 21 New Yorker.”

  2. Hi Devin
    What a thorough response and i dare say that i don’t believe i have a rebuttal. I am sure that over time many truths and myths will emerge and Obama’s shine will fade.

    I knew very little about Ron Paul, but the essence of my commentary was more about learning from the behaviours of ordinary citizens than from Obama himself.

    Obama was able to mobilise a nation – no one else matched him. My view, is that he connected with something inside people that made them act. I dont think we can take too much of that away from him.

    Nonetheless, i thoroughly enjoyed your post – i’d love to hear more of your thoughts in the future!
    cheers
    Marc

  3. Hey Marc,

    Thanks for the reply. I think Obama is an amazing politician and he seems like a great human being. I have very fundamental disagreements with his policies.

    But really it’s the system of Mass Media, Govt etc. that upsets me & the reflection on the wisdom of the masses to be so easily sold on a candidate running on an empty vessel of “change” versus such an amazing candidate Ron Paul but then again anything would be better than Bush.

    I am of the honest opinion that if Ron Paul was better looking and had been giving more media exposure he would be President. So what kind of a reflection is that on the system and so called power of the masses? Did the masses decide or were they feed an illusion?

    I would love for you to do some research on Ron Paul and tell me what you think:

    Start off with this video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FG2PUZoukfA

    Then this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7d_e9lrcZ8&feature=related

    Ron Paul’s economic advisor:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2I0QN-FYkpw

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