Recently it has been brought to the attention of many Berea residents and alumni that one of our own Bill Addis son of Berea alumni Ricky Addis and Elayne Eskew is running for the SC House of Representatives District 19 on a Republican ticket as a first time politician. Although many may know him well others may not know him at all. This post is to introduce you to him as well as a list of Characteristics as to what good leadership is and should be for everyone's FYI including Bill Addis as he embarks into the world of politics.
Citizenship in the 21st century requires more than just paying your taxes and voting and occasionally running for office. Even if you've never been in or run for political office, you have not just political responsibilities, you have moral responsibilities to make your society stronger and better.
Politics and political ideologies comes and goes, but your principles don't. Running for office is important, and you don't really need more than to be right on the issues, and to be able to articulate what it is you believe. You don't need a certain background. You don't need to be a lawyer. You don't need to have some professional degree.
When you think about what it means to be considered a good leader, there is no doubt quite a few aspects come to mind.
Not everybody is cut out to be a leader, and it takes someone with a certain set of qualities to be able to maintain such a position. However, what exactly are the skills that are deemed necessary for good leadership?
A true leader’s position should not reflect any self-serving personal or political interests but benefit ‘the greater good’ of humanity. The moral aspect of leadership provides a vision rooted in universal aspirations, principles and values, while the innovative aspect of leadership provides the methods through which any vision can be realized. Morality and innovation are both essential aspects of the leadership needed today.
A selfless leader lives by principles, recognizing the equal and inalienable rights given to each person by the same Creator. As stated by the U.S. Constitution,, “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine.”
Characteristics of good leadership are:
Sense of humor
Integrity and fairness
Ability To Communicate
Ability to Inspire and Delegate
Respect for others
Leads by example