The Similar Goals and Legacies of Parents and Leaders

This is the twenty-fourth Blog in a weekly series regarding the state of leadership in America. All right-minded parents want their children to do better in life than they did. Good parents want their children to grow up healthier, better educated, more successful, and capable of being self-supporting and open-minded. They will work long hours and make sacrifices to invest the time, caring, and money needed to ensure that their children have the support and resources they need to be successful in life and pursue their own aspirations. This level of parenting not only helps the individual child grow into a mature adult; it also strengthens the family unit and contributes to the well-being of the country. Similarly, good leaders see the wisdom of investing in their employees’ individual and collective training and development. They ensure that their employees possess the tools, support, and resources needed to be successful in their jobs and to prepare them for higher level duties. Good leaders want their employees to succeed and take on increasing levels of authority and responsibility. Good leaders sincerely care about their employees’ welfare and well-being and understand that the success of their organizations is directly related to the success of their employees. Furthermore, good leaders recognize that one of their key responsibilities as leaders is to be ever mindful of the importance and value of succession planning. Accordingly, good leaders will prepare the next generation of leaders to take over leading the organization to even greater achievements. These progressive actions will improve all types of American organizations which contribute to the well-being of the country. From a national perspective, the President and Congress as elected officials and leaders should be motivated by a similar desire to invest in American citizens to ensure that our country will be better off than when these elected officials inherited it. The keystone of a national investment in American citizens is education. As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” It is the great equalizer. Equal employment opportunity becomes a reality because an education opens doors and affords all people the opportunity to compete on a more level playing field. Access to an affordable education above the high school level must be one of our highest priorities as a nation.
As a parent, leader or elected official, each has a responsibility and obligation to invest in their children, their employees or their citizens and thereby pass on an enriched America that we inherited from our forefathers to the next generation. Each generation has a sacred obligation to improve our nation and leave our country better off than we inherited it. We cannot remain a great nation, a great Republic if we are only focused on our selves, on our own pursuit of happiness.

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