What makes a great leader?

The following Letter to the Editor was written by Janet Lomicka, a member of the DWGC and the North Greenville Democrats. It was published in The Greenville News on July 7, 2024.

By Janet Lomicka

In these few days following the first scheduled presidential debate, there have been numerous comments concerning President Joe Biden’s delivery of answers, many people wanting Biden to abandon his run for re-election.

I would like to briefly address that, as it reminds me of King George VI, who, like Joe Biden, grew up with a stutter. Named Albert at birth, he became king, taking the name George VI after his older brother abdicated the throne to marry an American socialite.  He worked with a speech therapist for many years, helping him to get through public speeches.

King George VI went on to lead the British during World War II and became a symbol of courage and fortitude. He was revered by the British and their allies.  He showed determination and shared the hardships of the people.

Why am I giving a history lesson here? As true with both King George VI and President Biden, the making of a good leader is not measured by how elegantly he or she can speak in public. It is instead measured by the leader’s love of country and devotion to the people.

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