David Brooks on What Makes for a Good President

While travelling these days from Albania to Romania I have found in the New York Times an article of David Brooks, an author whose articles I enjoy more and more (you will find a few links to his articles with a simple search on my blog) about the present presidential debates in the US.

Brooks talks in this article about four traits that someone needs to have in order to be a good president.

The present trouble in which the Romanian Basescu has got himself again, with his usual careless remarks and impromptu interventions in matters outside of his presidential prerogatives made me think that Brooks’s suggestions may also be relevant for Romania.

How mant of these traits do you think are embodied by the Romanian President?

Here they are:

1. ‘successful presidents tend to be emotionally secure’

2. ‘great presidents tend to have superb political judgment’

3. ‘great leaders have often experienced crushing personal setbacks’

4. ‘great leaders tend to have an instrumental mentality’

If you want to find out more of what is behind these labels, read HERE the entire article titled ‘The CEO in Politics’.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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