Comment 104697

By ItJustIs (registered) | Posted September 22, 2014 at 14:26:25


Fluff piece.

Was reminded of this Star article:

Leadership? Which seems to be the gist of this article? Hmm... How about this:

“Exuberance also unites members of a group by inducing a synchronous emotional state: it rouses community to act together and to realize its best and common interests. Passionate leadership at the community or national level, for example, binds us together in essential ways. 'Passions are the only orators which always persuade,' said La Rochefoucauld. 'They are like an act of nature, the rules of which are infallible, and the simplest man who has some passion always persuades better than the most eloquent who has none.' In times of adversity, inspired leadership offers energy and hope to where little or none exist, gives a belief in the future to those who have lost it, and provides a unifying spirit to a splintered populace.”

Regarding Roosevelt and Churchill during WWII: "Both men were able to draw upon an innate capacity for joy and energy, both found delight in difficult work, and both knew from experience that hardship could be overcome. Both had an infectious wit and optimism, and both ‘conspicuously shared an uncommon love of Life’.”

From ‘Exuberance: The Passion for Life'

So; where's our Naheed Nenshi...?

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