There are four categories of leaders.
There are established community leaders who have unquestionable integrity, people like Dick Brady, Jim Miller, Dan Leavell, John Bacon, Pastor Darden, Terry Graham, etc. They are asked to serve in leadership positions, because they have earned the respect of their colleagues and their community.
Then there are emerging citizen leaders, like Dave Waddington, Dan Kaman, Ed Enderle and Tim Schwanger, people who earnestly feel that they can make a difference in their community. With the nudging of wives, family and friends, they reluctantly muster up the confidence to roll up their sleeves and do the work that needs to be done.
Because they have similar motives, established leaders and citizen leaders and are likely to work well together and produce meaningful results.
Then there are citizens who are motivated to seek public office as an opportunity to further their business or agenda. These leaders see issues through a filter of their cause and in the long run, believe what is best for their personal constituency is also what is best for the general public and voters.
Then lastly, there are the intelligent, charming and arrogant leaders who seem to have always been rewarded for their cleverness and still have a need to demonstrate it. They see their ability to manipulate circumstances and people as a test of gamesmanship and the better they are able to play the game, the more impressive they feel they are. We don't have the time or energy to keep up with their cleverness, and therefore, these people get their way much too often.
As voters we must take better measure of candidates and what motivates them. We need to elect men and women who earnestly seek to serve their community.