In all of the pundits’ discussion of why President Obama is in trouble, and may lose to Rick Perry in a general election, the most single important factor has been overlooked. This missing ingredient is what turns an inspirational person, like Candidate Obama, into a true leader. It’s vital that you have this quality, or you’ll end up like Obama-having inspired people and then left them demoralized, frustrated, and angry.
The missing ingredient is building a bridge between aspirations and reality. The greatest leaders bridge these two realms, and in the process, change the world.Most people think leadership is all about the aspirational world–but that’s only half the story. The other is “reality.”
Read the rest at BNET, where this post originally appeared on September 2nd, 2011.