Have you seen the politician with amnesia? They went to Washington, DC and forgot what they were supposed to be doing there.
A good common sense leadership principle is to not expect other people to do what you are not willing to do yourself.
For instance, if I, as a leader of a rock busting team, thought it would be reasonable for a man to bust 10 rocks a day, I should probably be able to bust that many rocks myself. Perhaps I have never busted a rock in my life. The next best thing may be to ask 20 average rock busters, “How many rocks can you bust a day?” Common sense would tell me not to ask the super rock buster or the slacker rock buster for their results.
Now, as a leader of the rock busters, at any given day and time, I should be willing to go and roll up my sleeves and bust some rocks. I should also have the exact same benefits, money, etc. as my team of rock busters. This keeps me humble and keeps my head out of the clouds. Because right now, I am representing my team of rock busters in Washington, DC. I am not here to blend in and acculturate.
I still really want to bust rocks, but my team has chosen me to represent them, because I am (hopefully) the smartest rock buster. Surely, my fellow rock busters did not choose me because I am super cute or I can talk fast, or because my parents have a famous last name in our community.
A politician needs to avoid amnesia at all times.
Here are some ways a rock busting politician can avoid amnesia:
- Instead of wearing fancy suits, wear a “Rock Buster” T-shirt.
- Have the same exact healthcare as the rock busters back home and pay for it out of your salary which is equivalent to that of the rock busters whom you have left to serve for this term, because of love for fellow rock busters.
- Unless you are going to give a speech about the rock busters back home, sit down and be quiet. That is the only reason we picked you to go.
- Call and check with the larger group of rock busters before you do anything. You are the rock buster puppet. Not the other way around.
This is a common sense approach to avoiding developing amnesia in Washington, which is a place in America devoid of common sense and where amnesia has reached a level of pandemic.
Disclaimer: Because I know some people will read this and not have enough common sense to know I am using “rock busting” as an example of how elected officials should truly represent the people (rock-busters) of their states; let me clarify, rock busters are not meant to insinuate lobbyists groups.