This week Starbucks C-E-O Howard Schultz offered to buy a beverage for every customer who buys another customer a beverage at Starbucks. In a memo to staff, Schultz wrote that the idea is to help fellow citizens “support and connect with one another, even as we wait for our elected officials to do the same for our country”.
Of course, Schultz’s promotion is highly unlikely to change any hearts and minds in Washington, but it does demonstrate what is sorely lacking among our elected officials: creative thinking and leadership. It seems people who focus their attention on advancing their own agendas and winning re-election don’t have much time for devotion to solving problems before they become hair-on-fire crises.
Blame whomever you wish, but think for a moment about true leadership. Study Lincoln and you will find a man who ignored the criticism of his enemies and tried to engage them to achieve higher goals. I know we have no Lincolns today in Washington, but his example of unselfish leadership is the gold standard, it seems to me.
Our thought for today is from Dwight D. Eisenhower:
“A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done.”