Upgrade Leader

These days, the most important feature to be elected is to be telegenic, which is to look good for the camera. Next, you should use the correct words that people want to hear (call Cambridge Analytica).

Which leaders from the past have done the most to reduce misery for the common person? What features do we look for in a modern Upgrade Leader?

This list will grow. For now, lets mention:

  • FDR — Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Emperor Augustus
  • Douglas MacArthur

Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) became President of the United States during the worst of the Great Depression.
Please read some of his best quotes.

Upon taking office, FDR said he was going to make many changes. His cabinet said “that’s not how government works, you must make committees and studies to avoid making mistakes”. FDR responded: “the people are in pain and expect action. We will make a lot of mistakes, but we will start NOW!”

FDR created many helping agencies, including Social Security.

“For nearly four years you have had an Administration which instead of twirling its thumbs has rolled up its sleeves. We will keep our sleeves rolled up. We had to struggle with the old enemies of peace–business and financial monopoly, speculation, reckless banking, class antagonism, sectionalism, war profiteering. They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The country needs and unless I mistake its temper the country demands bold persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it.   If it fails admit it frankly and try another. But above all try something.”

Emperor Augustus (Octavian) was a major upgrader — he created the first fire department, police department, and post office. He might be credited for creating modern society, 2000 years ago 🙂   Augustus said “When I came, Rome was brick. When I left, Rome was marble”.

Douglas MacArthur was much more than a great general. His leadership at West Point and in Japan are shining examples of integrity and wisdom in action.

Please read some of his quotes.

To Be Continued…