Great Leaders Are Always About Others

John Kasich gets it.

The former Presidential candidate recently published a memoir detailing his run for the White House and his musings about America’s current political state.

His work (“Two paths: America Divided or United”) gets at the heart of what Kasich believes America’s truly about—selflessness and humility.

In a recent interview with NPR’s David Greene, he said that, “I think you can judge a country by how often people rise above only self-absorption to being concerned about somebody else. I think we all need to live a life a little bigger than ourselves.”

“A life bigger than ourselves…” In Washington’s he-said-she-said political intrigue, that’s the fundamental idea so often missing.

It isn’t ultimately about who’s in the Oval Office, who controls the House, or whose political agenda carries the day.

It’s about—as David Brooks so often points out—one word: commitment. Leaders who ultimately succeed and enjoy the widest impact on the greatest number of people focus on one thing: something (a cause, a movement, a group, an idea) that reaches far beyond themselves.

The most successful leaders (in sports, in politics, in business, in life) understand their own finitude.

They don’t waste their time pursuing power, money, acclaim, or a certain political office. They really don’t care about that. The Martin Luther King Jr.’s, John Wooden’s, and Abraham Lincoln’s of the world care solely about commitment.

They’re about others.

We didn’t see much of that during the last Presidential election. There was too many sweeping generalizations, too much bombastic rhetoric, and a sickening amount of political showmanship.

God-willing, however, we’ll eventually see political leaders (from the Right and Left) who really get the idea of selfless commitment—in BOTH word and deed.

That’s the only way we’ll ever “Make America great again.”