Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were face to face during a public event at the Bush Center. Both of them went through similar experiences at the White House and they also tied a strong friendship. Therefore, there was no surprise when they gave similar answers to questions about the attributes of a leadership material.
The Two Former Presidents Named Humility as the Core Attribute of Leadership Material
Billionaire David Rubenstein was the moderator at the event on Thursday. The entire summit in Dallas was about leadership and was entitled Presidential Leadership Scholars. Therefore, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton were the two spokesmen on behalf of the American presidency. They talked about how the days before, during, and after their presidential run educated them in what makes a person a just leader.
The conference united two men from opposite parties. Despite this, they didn’t let their political views influence them, and they actually came to share similar opinions. Therefore, they both agreed that the most necessary virtue leadership material has to have is humility.
“I think it’s really important to know what you don’t know and listen to people who do know what you don’t know.” – George W. Bush
Clinton Was Concerned for the Social Segregation That Described the American Nation Lately
The humble quality will help those in power for the time being avoid the wrath of the most daunting critic, namely history. Furthermore, Clinton perceived a trait of the American nation as a possible upcoming risk. He doesn’t agree with people searching only for the information that they agree with. This makes them blind to the opposite version which might actually be the truth.
As a consequence, people started surrounding themselves only with other persons that share same beliefs. To Clinton’s view, this social segregation can trigger political stagnation. Therefore, people vote only for the opponent of the person their group hates most. However, a healthy society shouldn’t be led by hate, but by positive personal traits.
Clinton and Bush managed to tie an everlasting friendship despite their opposite political views. When Bush succeeded him to the presidential seat, Clinton told him that he was ready to offer him his help whenever he needed. On top of that, he vowed never to speak ill of him. In moments when Clinton had no other choice than to announce a different statement than that of Bush’s, he would have done so with his greatest of respect.
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