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When it Comes to Public Service

I’ve taken part in a number of volunteer and civic efforts, from high school through to now.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned is that anyone who actually wants a leadership position in one is probably not the right person for the job.  That’s one reason why I’m always a bit skeptical of anyone who seems to want a position on the NRA board a bit too much.  I suspect others feeling the same kind of vibe had something to do with the poor showing of George Kollitides in the previous NRA election.

Obviously people do end up in these types of positions, some for the right reasons, and some for the wrong.  My experience tends to reveal that the right people are reluctant leaders.  They are people who are even a bit uncomfortable with the idea that they might be leaders.  They will come to the idea of taking a leadership position because “I don’t do it, than who will?” They will step up for the good of the organization or cause.  It’s always a good rule of thumb to be skeptical of anyone who is ambitious, or who wants power.  The best people have to be convinced to lead.

One Response to “When it Comes to Public Service”

  1. Arnie says:

    If I may quote the Bard: “Caesar was ambitious…it was a grievous fault, and grievously hath Caesar answered it.”

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