• Leigh Gerstenberger

Qualifications of Leadership


Image Credit: South China Morning Post

Like many I was mesmerized for most of last week as accolades to the late President George H. W. Bush began to flow which culminated in his being laid to rest last Thursday at his presidential library in College Station, TX.


As I watched the coverage throughout the week and listened to tributes that came in from all over the world, I was struck by the fact that one of the things our country does best is how it honors our leaders.


I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t emotionally moved by the state funeral’s military pageantry, the great hymns of the church and the eulogies offered by friends and family members.

The most touching moment for me was the heartfelt remembrances that the 43rd President of the United States shared about his father as he eulogized him at the conclusion of the state funeral.


While only time will tell if our 41st presidents will rise to the ranks of those who have been our ‘best” President, there is already talk that he may go down in history as our most effective one term president.


Irrespective of how history judges George H. W. Bush’s accomplishments he may very well take his place in history as the individual best qualified to serve in the role as President of the United States. His track record which included having been a successful businessman, Member of Congress, Ambassador to the United Nations, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, Head of U.S. Liaison Office in China, Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and Vice President of the United States all uniquely qualified him to assume our country’s most senior leadership position.


If you’d like to more insight into our 41st president’s leadership style and learn for yourself the unique place in history he held, I strongly recommend you read 41: A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush and see for yourself how uniquely qualified he was to assume the highest office in the land.


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