Courage provides the strength to say and do the right things. It’s also what separates the best of us from the crowd.
How can you have better politics in your city? Elect better candidates. And that starts by writing job descriptions for elected officials, judging candidates by those descriptions, then engaging citizens in a long-term conversation about what we should expect from our elected leaders.
Want to make a major change in your city? Better bring an army and be prepared to answer this question: Why do we need this change?
If you can bring groups to good decisions, you can place yourself at the center of what cities need today, which is more collaboration. Here are some starting points for facilitators.
Criticism and occasional nastiness aren’t flaws in our politics; they’re features. So how do you handle the insults that come with public life? Techniques can help. But great leaders draw on something deeper, which is temperament.