Image by 'PixelPlacebo'That is a major point of this fine column by Peggy Noonan at this link.
Below is an excerpt which should be read and applied by leaders or "wannabe" leaders at all levels: from the local parish ministry leader to pastors, from internet apologists and bloggers to judges and, all the way, to the White House.
Here is an old tradition badly in need of return: You have to earn your way into politics. You should go have a life, build a string of accomplishments, then enter public service. And you need actual talent: You have to be able to bring people in and along. You can't just bully them, you can't just assert and taunt, you have to be able to persuade.
Americans don't want, as their representatives, people who seem empty or crazy. They'll vote no on that.
Source link (from Wall St. Journal, Nov. 5, 2010; emphasis added).
For some people, maturity comes at a relatively young age. For most of us, maturity comes over several decades. For some others, the passing decades never make a positive difference.