In politics and society, it is essential to understand your values, your strengths, and weaknesses. Self-awareness is very important. Given the scrutiny in politics, it is always advisable to have emotional resilience and emotional intelligence. One must never forget that the power equation is part and parcel of most areas of human endeavors, but in politics it is central. The goal of the exercise of power is usually how to get it, keep it and use it.
Policymaking ability, presentation skills, and sound political judgment are very important. One must always be comfortable in politicking. Hubris is a threat, and it can get in the way of political ambitions or capacities.
In political and social engagements, it is always prudent to never assume rationality reigns. What is obvious to you may not be obvious to others. That is why being open minded is very important in politics.
Links to useful authority sites/videos
We would recommend the following books to users of this site :
- What You Should Know About Politics but Don’t by Jessamyn Conrad. –It deals with most of pressing issues in American politics like health care, the economy, climate change and energy
- Fascism: A Warning by Madeleine Albright – It examines racism in the 20th Century, its warning signs and after – effects.
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Dorsi Kearns Goodwin – it profiles the life of 16th president rising from a prairie lawyer to an accomplished head of state. It shows he helped achieve the victory in the civil war, even amidst his disgruntled cabinet.
- Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty’ by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson – it explains how economics and politics of all countries around the world result in success or failure.