I did not follow the news on election night and was satisfied to find out the results early this morning over coffee. I must say that it caught me off guard to learn that the country had voted to give Obama four more years. One would think that in this "results oriented" world that we live in this would be a confusing move. All day there have been many explanations of strategies and what ultimately gave the winning side the victory and maybe there is merit to much of this. In my simple opinion however one thing sticks out more than anything else: perception.
There is a simple principal that I learned long ago from leaders before me and firmly believe to this day. It is one of the keys to leadership, "people don't care how much you know until they know how much you care about them." We will overlook some shortcomings in a leader if we really believe that they care about us verses a leader who is smarter and maybe more capable but does not connect. Certainly as a Minister of Education/Sunday School Director the most important quality I look for in a Teacher is that they care about those they lead. Teaching skills can be improved but caring about people comes from the heart.
I do not know President Obama or Mitt Romney personally. From information resources, listening to others I respect and doing my homework, I am convinced that Mitt Romney has the better plan for American and is more capable of carrying it out. Perception is often stronger than reality and it sure appears to be the case in this past election. The "perception" that was sold to the people is that Obama cares about them and Romney does not. In my simple opinion this mattered as much as anything else.