These are the best of times—and the worst of times—for Independents striving to disrupt and transform our broken politics.
Monday, October 14, 1912. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Autumn crispness was slipping in. Another demanding day dissolved into dusk, amid one of the most raucous, hard-fought, and consequential presidential campaigns in American history.
That evening, former president Theodore Roosevelt would take the cause of his breakaway third party to the people in yet another speech, in yet another auditorium.
Neither TR, nor anyone else, had any reason to anticipate the extraordinary events that were about to unfold.
No one, that is, other than an armed gunman, lurking in the lengthening shadows.
Every day we experience changes in how people live and work, how they lead and manage and communicate.
It’s not self-regarding for current generations to recognize that some of the results are novel, even unprecedented.
Tom Friedman, in a stimulating op-ed, “One Country, Two Revolutions,” points to the historic social changes unleashed by Information Age technology. He acknowledges ongoing evolution in leadership, management, and communications.
Serve to Lead argues that fundamental change in leadership dynamics is well underway. Now, in our time of astonishing potential for individual empowerment, Everyone Can Lead–Because–Everyone Can Serve.
Note: Michael Epperson died on September 30, 2013. His presence is greatly missed. His example of service is timeless and can be of use to many people—including those who did not have the privilege of knowing him in life.
Where are the leaders now?
Amid the latest government shutdown in Washington, D.C., many of us are shaking our heads in amazement at the still-unfolding leadership failures of the American president and Congress.
Something else happened in Washington last week that is a reminder that there are servant leaders and patriots in our midst.
As recounted in the Washington Post, the distinguished CIA officer G. Michael Epperson, who died suddenly and unexpectedly, left a legacy of service that reflects our best national traditions.
I am privileged to have called him a friend over the course of three decades, just entering the fourth.