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On the other hand, our elected president, and his or her closest advisors should be the best and brightest that we can find. The world continues to become increasingly complex, geopolitically, economically and technologically. Every action taken by the leadership of first world nations and in particular the United States causes reverberations throughout the world, politically, economically and environmentally. Many of the results are unintended and unforeseen. We must have leaders who have the ability to spot more of the potential raminfications of their decisions and who have the ability to identify and select close advisors who have broad and open minds and who can assist in this "issue spotting."

Certainly, highly intelligent individuals can be ineffective leaders, due to their occasional inability to communicate their thoughts and ideas, but those who have the sense to ensure that competent, hard working people with good common sense are in place at high levels of executory departments to carry out well planned and conceived policies, should be extremely effective leaders

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