Lege titles or leaders? Thursday, Oct 1 2015
Reporter Tyler Bridges writes about a quiet campaign that is going on among the members of the La. House of Representatives for Speaker of the House. While it may appear insignificant to the public, it is distracting from addressing the serious issues facing the state. See story here.
Unlike nobility, titles are not required to lead in politics. Leadership is not about having a big office, a prominent parking spot, lots of staff, having lunch at the Mansion, campaign contributions, tax-payer funded junkets, the next political office and people kissing your ass.
True leaders usually emerge out of necessity. Currently, there is a vacuum of leadership in the Lege and Executive Branch.
Bobby Jindal was elected governor twice, but he has been no leader. Speaker Chuck Kleckley has held the title of Speaker, but he was no leader. Neither is Senate President John Alario. If they were truly leaders, they would have resolved the problems that have plagued the state for eight years.
Instead of running around the state making deals for committee assignments, etc., to gain the title of Speaker, a true leader would use the next three months to develop a plan and the votes to address the chronic fiscal problems facing a state for the last 8 years.
A true leader would be meeting with like-minded members of leges (House and Senate), the lege staff and other experts to develop a plan to fix the state’s chronic fiscal problems.
Perhaps that person might emerge with the title of Speaker, but it would be incidental to their work, not the goal.
We don’t need leges with titles we need leges who are leaders.
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