Leaders Think, Speak, Read, and Write

By | September 23, 2021

[September 23, 2021]  If you can think, speak, read, and write, you can do anything.  So says Dr. Jordan Peterson, psychologist and Professor at the University of Toronto, and he is right.  For leaders, these are essential traits.

I’ve written this before and will repeat it … you don’t have to be beautiful, highly intelligent, strong, tall, or come from the right family to be a successful leader.  Looking back over the written history of humankind, we frequently find most of the greatest leaders came from humble beginnings.

What made them different?  They could communicate clearly and concisely.  They simplify when necessary but always ensure those who listen get the message, that their vision is understood, and they hammer home essential ideas.

Senior leaders who work in government, the military, large companies, or any large organization must communicate through speaking and writing.  There is no substitute.

Yesterday, I was reading the U.K.’s The Telegraph.  I often get my news from non-U.S. sources because I no longer trust what our media folks say or write.  An interesting article was on U.S. President Joe Biden being interrupted by “aggressive” White House aides who cut off U.K.’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson when speaking in mind-sentence.  You can see the video for yourself here.

Here we are, the President of the United States cannot answer reporters’ questions.  Biden’s media team (or whatever they are called) interrupted and loudly hustled reporters out of the room.  Such behavior is antithetical to an open democracy.

John Hinderaker from PowerLineBlog said it well:

The White House thinks it is better to interrupt the British Prime Minister in mid-answer and suffer the humiliation of herding reporters out of the room, rather than allow Joe Biden to answer a question. Enough said.

When political leaders shut down conversations, willingly or not, they no longer have the ability to get their vision out to citizens.  Is this not what being a leader is all about?  Yes, of course it is.    Why did Biden not stop his handlers from interrupting an important meeting?  He should have reprimanded them publically for doing so.  Why?  Inquiring minds want to know.

It is becoming more evident every day that Joe Biden can no longer fulfill his duties as President.  He never makes a speech without a teleprompter.  He reads from the machine, and his only deviations are mispronunciations.  And, if he takes a question from reporters, those reporter questions have been vetted and approved and Biden’s answers written out beforehand for him to read.

Earlier in several articles, I addressed the problems of Joe Biden, and it is not just his inability to articulate a complete sentence.  His character is deeply flawed, as well.  See links here and here.

 

Author: Douglas R. Satterfield

Hello. I'm Doug and I provide at least one article every day on some leadership topic. I welcome comments and also guests who would like to write an article. Thanks for reading my blog.

14 thoughts on “Leaders Think, Speak, Read, and Write

  1. Billy Kenningston

    We no longer teach people how to think. In fact, we encourage them not to think.

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    1. Frank Graham

      Billy, I agree wholeheartedly. I have found myself from seeing what my kids do in school that I’m no longer surprised what other kids are doing or their simple lack of manners or smarts. We called it “smarts” in my day. Teachers are only interested in getting thru the day. No accountability at all. As long as their is no disruption in the classroom, all is okay with the principle and superintendent. Again, no accountability … just a day care center that employs marginal folks. The teacher unions are killing our kid’s education.

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    1. Pooch T.

      When US reporters tried to follow up, Biden’s aides called time on the media huddle and demanded hacks leave the Oval Office in what American journalists dubbed as “chaotic”. But Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, has tried to pin the blame for the mess on Boris Johnson. Typical liberal, blame your failures on others. Where is Biden in all this? Man up, Joe Biden.

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      1. Jeff Blackwater

        Yeah, where is Joe Biden? But I have to ask another questions, where is Kamala Harris (the smartest person in the world who is fixing our southern border)? Oh, at the beauty parlor.

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      2. Yusaf from Texas

        The entire room then erupted in laughs but they weren’t laughing with Biden but rather at him.

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        1. Bryan Z. Lee

          Biden’s handlers don’t get it. You would think they are a bunch of 18 year old millennials controlling Biden.

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      3. Chuck USA

        The Daily Mirror’s political editor, Pippa Crerar, added: “White House colleagues might be interested to know the British press thought aides shouting was totally out of order.” “An unwelcome lack of accountability…”

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  2. Karl J.

    “The White House thinks it is better to interrupt the British Prime Minister in mid-answer and suffer the humiliation of herding reporters out of the room, rather than allow Joe Biden to answer a question. Enough said.” Does this tell us something? I think YES.

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  3. Janna Faulkner

    You got that right. Kids today after their indoctrination by leftist teachers, are told what to do and what to think. They don’t know what to do. So explain why their suicide rates are high and they are always in trouble. Hey, maybe we are not teaching them right.

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