Leadership is all about showing that it can be donePosted: April 11, 2011
A big part of Echo it is about leadership. In the sense that you often hear the suggestion that doing good is too hard and takes too much effort. On Echo.it you can lead by example to show other people a good example in yourself. So when you echo your deeds and inspire others you are showing clear leadership.
I recently looked around the web for examples of leadership by the example among the people who have decided to spend their life wanting to lead us; i.e. politicians. I did not find many… Maybe they are too busy managing us to lead by example, but be that as it may, there is always something you can do and the best example I found is Republican congressman and internet-darling Ron Paul.
Even with no direct incentive he decided to save on his office spending sending $141,580 of unspent office funds back to the US Treasury. This represents just over 9% of the total office funds, and an increase over the $100,000 returned last year. Impressive!
Now I am a net taxpayer in the most expensive welfare state with laws on close to every human choice, so I believe I should always be skeptical of people using my money, especially those not given voluntary. However I would be a little less skeptical if they were more like Ron Paul here.
In a company you’re driven by margins to always be more efficient. That aspect is absent from government, so it must become a personal responsibility to spend resources more efficient.
So if you are a politician, do a good deed and hand over some of which ever small faction of the taxpayer income you are directly responsible for and show leadership. Try to set target to be more efficient and handover even more next year. Every little counts, right?
If you are like me and not a politician, try to look around for projects where you are entrusted with the funds of others, and see if you, even with no direct personal incentive, can be more efficient and spent less of other people funds and still solve whatever task you set out to solve.
Ok, after this reading you will say I am very likely social liberal and fiscally conservative, which means that most hated outcast called a libertarian. Go ahead, I don’t mind name calling aimed at me if it makes you feel better – it is your right after all.
Thank you for reading this and have a nice day.