How Long Do You Give a Leader To Succeed?

How long do you give a leader to succeed when it comes to national, state or local government?  Is four years in office enough?

California’s tax rates are high.  When Governor Brown re-took office in the midst of a fiscal crisis in 2010, we were asked to bear “temporary” higher taxes on the promise that he would balance the budget.  How much of a chance would you be willing to take on such a message? I recently did a profile of Governor Brown’s 4 years in office.  Business is thriving once again. Despite a mixed report card, Brown is seen as a better fiscal manager than his two predecessors.

Is the sticker shock worth it?

leader to succeed - Jerry Doyle and Anita Finlay
Jerry Doyle and Anita Finlay – How Long Do You Give a Leader To Succeed?

For me, absolutely.  Clearly, Brown has brought California much closer to boom town status.  For radio host and EPIC TIMES founder Jerry Doyle? Perhaps he’s happy to have left the Golden State is his rear view.  Jerry and I have a lot to bat around when it comes to assessing CA Governor Brown’s seaworthiness and tax bills in general.

In your state, how much time would you give a Chief Executive to get your state back on track?  Would you give a chance to someone not in your Party? What about for the Presidency in 2016?

I ask these questions because our politics today is overrun with caustic bluster.  So how and who do you choose?  In reality, neither Party litmus tests nor big speeches have spelled success.  For me, it’s the stalwart manager who shows up day in and year out, chipping away at problems til the job is done. As my father used to say, “slow and steady wins the race.”

How Long Do You Give a Leader To Succeed?  Enjoy my discussion with Jerry (audio below) as you mull it over!  Share your thoughts!


Original version published at Anita Finlay’s blog.  Reposted, in full, with permission of the author.



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