This week on The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla: Sick of these gas prices? Sarah Palin is…and the Mama Grizzly is doing something about it. We’ll take a look at the Governor’s ideas on easing the pain at the pump. Plus Ron Devito, the editor and publisher of US for Palin is here! Ron and Kevin discuss Sarah Palin’s leadership skills and look at what separates her from the rest of the pack. TUNE IN NOW! Only on SarahNET Radio!
Transformational and Servant Leadership
“Gov. Palin’s leadership falls into two classes: Transformational/Charismatic, and Servant Leadership. Transformational Leaders make their own continued leadership contingent upon the results they produce. They lead by example. They will never ask you to do something they would not do themselves. Self-sacrifice is a core behavior of transformational leaders. They do not pursue power for its own sake or seek popularity.”
I said that Transformational Leaders do what they believe is right and don’t care if they die politically, and Gov. Palin has lived that. I made reference to he three signature accomplishments when she was governor: the Alaska Gasline Inducement Act (AGIA), her overhaul of the state tax system with Alaska’s Clear and Equitable Share (ACES), and ethics reform.
I said, “her list of accomplishments for 2009 alone was over 100 pages, and that was just links! Gov. Palin has this ability to extract 72 to 96 hours out of every 24-hour-day and not waste a single second. I don’t know how she does it.”
“Sarah Palin a New Kind of Leader by Joseph C. Hilley is mandatory reading for anyone who wanted to fully understand her leadership style,” I said.
Gov. Palin’s Bases of Power
I spoke briefly about her “referent power, or what we call ‘political capital’ and ‘influence,’” and gave several examples of how she has proven her point that “you don’t need a title to make a difference.”
“Look at ObamaCare. It might be struck down as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Gov. Palin got that going from her Facebook Page” I cited the now distant memory of our current candidates stonewalling on releasing their tax returns with a whole back-and-forth between them. Gov. Palin’s influence got the candidates to release their returns and business contracts the public had questions about. When Obama released an attack ad in early March, he did not go after any of the declared candidates; he want after Gov. Palin.
But, I noted, there are some things Gov. Palin does need a title for. “She cannot bring Bibi Netanyahu and the next president of Egypt together for a Camp David peace accord. She cannot sign treaties. She cannot make decisions about war and peace. For those things, she needs the title.” But, I noted that she can continue to influence the debate and candidates’ behavior just as she is now.
Scholla mentioned the Paying at the Pump special that Gov. Palin co-hosted with Eric Bolling this past Friday. I noted that she showcased another base of power: expert knowledge. “Gov. Palin is a subject matter expert on energy development. She developed this expertise as the chairwoman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which is also where she took on her first truly major ethics reform battle.”
Today Show – Devito
Scholla asked me if I went to the Today Show and how it went. “I did go…to do Organize4Palin work and had my NY4Palin tee shirt on, a clipboard full of sign-up sheets, and my [3' x 5'] Reagan-Sarah banner…I did not get to [either] interact with Gov. Palin or do the organizing work I had set out to do.” I explained to Scholla what transpired. Ultimately, the banner did get on TV, though not in the context I had intended.
Today Show, Gov. Palin – She Did Great….
“As for Gov. Palin, she did great on the Today Show.” I recounted how Matt Lauer recognized Gov. Palin’s power to inspire….
“Lauer said, ‘One thing that everybody realized was that you had the ability to stir the passion of your base. Governor Romney does not have that ability.’ Gov. Palin retorted, ‘he will have that ability.’”
I cut to this passage from Lauer’s response, “But Governor Romney can – in your opinion – all of a sudden – develop that skill? He can get the guy sitting at a bar in Alabama or the woman working in a factory in Des Moines to feel he is one of them?”
I added, “The power to inspire is not something that is built overnight. It develops very slowly over time. Gov. Palin has it. Romney does not. Just watch any video of Romney with a crowd and watch any video of Gov. Palin with a crowd. The difference is like night and day.”
Supporting Gov. Palin is Inspiring and Uplifting
I rattled off the litany of my various Gov. Palin involvements: editing and publishing US for Palin, guest contributing to Conservatives4Palin, syndicating content to 12 other sites, my position as the New York State Coordinator in American Grizzlies United / Organize4Palin, various grassroots Palin projects over these four years, and probably a few other things I forgot.
“I work full-time for Con Edison and this is equal to a full-time job plus overtime. I enjoy it. When I get up in the morning and I see what Gov. Palin has accomplished, it motivates me to push myself harder and make myself better. She is inspiring and uplifting. I’ve developed good friendships over these years and have many colleagues. It’s also gratifying to see the positive results of your work. I remember the days when all we were doing was defending Gov. Palin from one attack or the other. We’ve made much progress since then and it is gratifying to see and enjoy the fruit of your labor,” I said.
Once In a Lifetime Leadership
Scholla asked me, “what leaders would you compare Gov. Palin to to in this generation?” I said, “None since Reagan. And…I don’t think any of us will be alive when her successor arrives. Leaders like Gov. Palin don’t come around very often.” Indeed I have often said at her level, they come every 75 – 150 years.