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Compass or Weather Vane: Which Type Leader Are You?
Friday, August 3, 2018 3:29 PM

Compass or Weather Vane: Which Type Leader Are You?

Friday, August 3, 2018 3:29 PM
Friday, August 3, 2018 3:29 PM

I'm not a Republican or a Democrat or even an Independent. I've finally found the term that describes me best politically... Pragmatic. I am a Pragmatist.

Admittedly pragmatism like common sense and statesmanship have waned considerably, but I've never been one to lick my finger and stick up in the air to see which way the wind is blowing before I move or take action.

That's a weather vane leader. I'm a compass. Which are you? A weather vane, blowing with the winds of popularity; or, a compass with clear principles always in the direction true north?

True leaders stand for something. They stand on rock-solid principles. Politicians on the shifting sands of politics, blowing back and forth with the changing winds of party platform. It's why I'm not a politician and don't aspire to be ever again.

Principles are timeless and rock solid, not so with politics. It's why politicians with principles are compasses not weather vanes and are not just rare, but extremely rare and becoming extinct.

While weather vane politicians are a dime a dozen and appear to be flourishing, they are short-lived. They will serve and die with hardly anyone remembering they even lived. Or, perhaps reduced to merely a name etched on the side of a building or monument erected somewhere in their honor; which according to weather vane politics, may be subject to someday be razed.

One thing about the weather, it can be raining today and sunshine tomorrow. Everyone will enjoy the sun, having forgotten it ever even rained.

It's how easily and quickly people forget weather vane leaders - as if they never even served. 


Dorothy Burton is a conference and keynote speaker; and, workshop leader for various organizations across the country. As a author and speaker, Dorothy writes, speaks and teaches to inspire, encourage and enlighten in the areas of leadership, purpose, faith and culture. She uses her gift of communication, principled and pragmatic approach to leadership to help leaders and those aspiring to lead, learn and discover more effective ways to lead, communicate, work and serve.

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