Leader Trends: Are we pushing Hate & Envy?

By | October 7, 2018

[October 7, 2018]  In my long-running series on leader trends, I’ve tried to lay out what I see as troubling patterns in leadership.  It’s usually something that has happened that sparks my interest and that is what motivated me today.  The recent U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process has convinced me that our national leaders are actually pushing hate and envy as acceptable behavior.1

This leader trend has been growing since the 1960s and runs counter to American core values.  Since America provides valuable leadership worldwide, the very idea of spreading hate and envy would appear to be antithetical to both our tradition and the fundamentals of great leadership.

“Moreover, these disturbances of the mind, like plants, must be nourished and augmented by the same roots from which they spring; therefore hatred increases as the persons hated grow worse, while envy swells bigger as the envied rise higher in the true braveries of virtue.” from Plutarch’s Moralia

On my Twitter account yesterday I posted an article that discusses the confirmation process that may leave “lasting scars”2  … directly attributable to our senior-most political leaders.  The divisiveness that saw new levels during the Obama presidency, has taken on something sinister.  Violent acts and political leader encouragement of violence has been adopted as a legitimate tactic to shut down public discussion and unpopular political ideas.

The true test of great leadership is bringing people together, not dividing them up into tribes and arbitrary social constructs.  Great leadership means rejecting hate and envy, as well as the predictable outcome of these emotions expressed in violent behavior.  Civil discussion at the political level no longer takes on an air of professionalism but that of a bar fight.

Let’s hope our political leaders get their heads straight and get down to the business of running the country for the good of all and not for their favored interest groups.  Hate and envy are not what we should be encouraging for any reason.


  1. You can see Justice Kavanaugh’s reaction to the unsubstantiated accusations here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7etBfNArkcU If we were to look at the protestors and many of the sitting U.S. Senators we would clearly see the unrestrained emotions of hate and envy.
  2. https://www.lmtonline.com/news/article/Kavanaugh-battle-only-magnified-nation-s-13286761.php?utm_campaign=twitter-desktop&utm_source=CMS%20Sharing%20Button&utm_medium=social


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22 thoughts on “Leader Trends: Are we pushing Hate & Envy?

  1. Big Al

    Reader of your blog a long time but first time to comment. Thanks for this leadership failure series on how leaders encourage traits that run counter to our core values and culture. Keep up this series, I’ve found it a great read.

  2. Shawn C. Stolarz

    The strategy for want-to-be tyrants is to demonize people whose power they want to usurp. That’s the typical way tyrants gain power.

    1. Shawn C. Stolarz

      … and the use of violence or any method to achieve their goals. Sounds like a real Marxist these people are.

  3. Kenny Foster

    A very appropriate quote: “To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves” ~ Will Durant

  4. Joey Holmes

    My dad is now reading your website. I told him it would be a good idea. Cheers from Australia!!

  5. Darryl Sitterly

    Nicely put. This is what happens when a country based on Christianity strays away from basic values.

    1. Doug Smith

      Socialism and communism are based on hate and envy. This should tell you something. Thanks, Darryl, great post.

  6. Eddie Ray Anderson,

    I really like your series. Keep up the resistance to evil and bad leadership.

  7. Danny Burkholder

    Great article today that really hits home. We have allowed our senior leaders to go off the deep end because we only care about ourselves. How pathetic.

  8. Scotty Bush

    I live in New York City and let me tell you the hate and envy that our politicians are pushing on us is truly saddening. That is how they get people motivated to vote for them. In reality, they don’t care about us at all. I’m getting out of NYC as soon as I can. The taxes are high, the customer service in govt is horrible, and the politicians are out for themselves.

    1. Dale Paul Fox

      I live in Minneapolis and our politicians are crazy here too. Once a great city; now a hole for welfare and illegal immigrants.

    2. Georgie M.

      Great comment, Scotty. I wonder what others are doing now that we see what happened with Justice Kavanaugh?

  9. Wesley Brown

    Your “long-running series” is indeed helpful. I know you design your articles for a quick read but I have found it invaluable to go back and re-read the entire series. Put into that context is helping me be a better person.

    1. Doc Blackshear

      Good point and I’ll be doing that today on my day off. Sitting here thinking that I should be doing it too.

  10. Army Captain

    Great series on what being a failed leader is about!

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