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Choosing Ryan

Choosing Ryan

Like anyone, I have my political leanings. But more and more, I find myself formulating opinions about people, regardless of party lines. (I specialize in people issues, after all, and my fascination with such topics tends to permeate every aspect of my life.)

In looking at recent political events through this lens, I find myself quite impressed with Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate. Why? Simple: COURAGE. Ryan is a controversial character in politics—someone who takes a stand and doesn’t make everyone happy. So whether or not you agree with the choice, it teaches us a lesson about Romney’s leadership: he’s willing to step out on a limb and make high-risk decisions. In fact, it’s reminiscent of Barack Obama’s decision to extinguish Osama Bin Laden. A display of COURAGE. We can argue about whether or not it’s a good choice—whether it’s a decision you like. But it’s hard to dispute that it was a high-risk move, a display of decisive leadership.

So what do we learn? A lesson that applies to Obama, Romney, or any leader. Listen less to your handlers, voters, even your customers, and go with what you believe is best. Even if it’s risky. Even if it might not make everyone happy. Take the shot. Do what you believe. That’s what makes you a leader.

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