What #Leadership Is – Jimmy Carter


My plan for the weekly “What Leadership Is” post was initially to recognize non-traditional leaders. However, this week, I’m going for some low hanging fruit and will feature Jimmy Carter.

I caught an interview with the former President where he was promoting his recently released book, A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power; which I purchased shortly thereafter.  It is as the title suggests, A Call To Action to address:

The world’s discrimination and violence against women and girls is the most serious, pervasive, and ignored violation of basic human rights: This is President Jimmy Carter’s call to action.”

What I like about the book, is that it not only calls attention to a problem, but suggests pragmatic solutions that will have an impact.  Not unlike what Carter has done post-Presidency; Jimmy Carter has built his legacy on action instead of talk.

Carter and his wife founded The Carter Center that is guided by 5 principles:

  • The Center emphasizes action and results. Based on careful research and analysis, it is prepared to take timely action on important and pressing issues.
  • The Center does not duplicate the effective efforts of others.
  • The Center addresses difficult problems and recognizes the possibility of failure as an acceptable risk.
  • The Center is nonpartisan and acts as a neutral in dispute resolution activities.
  • The Center believes that people can improve their lives when provided with the necessary skills, knowledge, and access to resources.

The principles of the Carter Center appear to mirror those of the founder.

There is a great read that outlines “The Philanthropic Side of Jimmy Carter” that gives a wonderful glimpse into the man.  He is quoted in the article as saying,

“Lately it’s been popular for the former presidents to go into the lecture circuit and make a lot of money, and I don’t object to that, but it doesn’t appeal to me,” Carter says. “We searched around for a new role for a former president to play, and that is basically trying to promote peace, freedom, democracy and human rights, and alleviate suffering in the poorest countries in the world. It’s exciting to see how much they need our help, and respond to it and appreciate it.”

I understand that people may have varied opinions on Jimmy Carter the President.  However, it is tough to find fault with what Carter has done since.  That is why Jimmy Carter is this weeks selection for What #Leadership Is.

Check out this video below for an in depth interview he did in the UK.





Until next time.

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