Anyone can stand at a podium and settle for adulation. Real management includes having the humility to stay standing upright whereas accepting blame if you’ve failed the individuals you’re liable for as an alternative of conveniently leaning on a available crutch.
But then, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot by no means was a lot of a frontrunner.
Lightfoot misplaced her re-election bid this week, receiving only a putrid 16.4% of the vote, ending behind former head of Chicago Public Schools Paul Vallas and Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson.
Lightfoot had her crutch earlier than the outcomes have been in.
“I’m a black girl — let’s not neglect,” she informed The New Yorker in a chunk revealed three days earlier than the election, providing reasoning for her inevitable defeat. “Certain people, frankly, don’t help us in management roles.”
Local media lambasted her loss, with the Chicago Tribune declaring it a “political embarrassment” that got here as crime throughout the metropolis “skyrocketed” throughout her reign — with a 2022 murder fee almost 40% larger than in 2019 and an astronomical 800 murders recorded in 2021, probably the most in 25 years.
Lori Lightfoot spent 4 years hobbling round Chicago on an id crutch as a result of it was the one factor she may proudly stand on.
Lightfoot will proclaim her loss is because of voters translating her id as a black homosexual girl into an unignorable management incapacity, however she had no issues strolling independently when she gained election in 2019 with almost 74% of the vote.
Chicagoans are solely bigots when she loses, apparently.
Lightfoot’s tenure as mayor will be summed up in a single phrase, the well-known line from soccer participant Terrell Owens: “I like me some me.”
She was elected to serve the individuals with the promise of guaranteeing the protection of all Chicagoans by decreasing crime. But in a brief time frame, we noticed her precedence was extra about satisfying her ego than her constituents.
During the 2020 protests and riots, when common individuals referred to as for her administration to do one thing to guard their lives and livelihoods from criminals and agitators, Lightfoot prioritized her security over theirs.
She even had the gall to state “I’ve a proper to make it possible for my house is safe” as she banned protesters from her avenue with enforcement by 70 cops: Safety for me however not for thee.
Lightfoot’s id crutch was manufactured by progressivism, and she or he had no drawback beating individuals over the top with it every time they scrutinized her effectiveness.
When the native media began questioning her governing actions and outcomes, she used her crutch to deflect criticisms again onto the media and their supposed lack of variety.
“I’ve been struck since my first day on the marketing campaign path again in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media shops, editorial boards, the political press corps, and sure, the City Hall press corps particularly,” Lightfoot acknowledged.
When requested again in 2021 how a lot of the criticisms should do with the actual fact she’s a black girl, with out hesitation Lightfoot acknowledged, “about 99%.” But the reality is that the criticisms stem from her behaving just like the 1%.
While she’s in a position to transfer in regards to the metropolis safely being protected by police particulars, her solution for the 99% is to not carry money in any respect to keep away from being robbed.
She’ll journey her police-escorted chariot from her ivory tower to be the center attraction of a parade for the people however what occurs to them after she dances and leaves will not be her concern.
People who consistently reference their id and infer hatred in opposition to their id when individuals try to carry them accountable do that to cowl up how mediocre of a expertise they are surely.
I’ve by no means met somebody who exudes management attributes discover methods to scapegoat even once they simply may. They use these moments of failure as classes to study from so that they don’t proceed to unnecessarily repeat them — as a result of actual leaders have the humility to know they’re imperfect and you may’t develop as a person in case you acknowledge your fallibility.
Lightfoot did every little thing potential to level the finger at anybody who dared to problem her when she failed to perform what she promised the general public and normally that finger was the center one.
Lightfoot’s demise is her personal doing, and Chicagoans used their voting energy to make the self-centered mayor disappear from workplace like Winona Ryder in “Beetlejuice”: Lightfoot. Lightfoot. Lightfoot.
Adam B. Coleman is the writer of “Black Victim to Black Victor” and founding father of Wrong Speak Publishing. Follow him on Substack: adambcoleman.substack.com.
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