Everyone was tired of the shameless, ceaseless TV and radio ads that were filled with insults and blaming, the likes of which we perhaps had never seen before. Whatever happened to real leadership?
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) reminded us of what inspirational leadership looks like. During an address he delivered to the students of Liberty University, Gowdy described the art of persuasion. “I can tell you what doesn’t work,” he said to an audience so still you could hear a pin drop. “Insulting people.”
Still reeling from such a harsh, undiplomatic national election process, the words were soothing to the listeners.
“You need to know how to persuade in life. How do you persuade?” he asked. “Facts. Authenticity. Sincerity. Credibility.”
Anyone who follows the daily accounts on Capitol Hill will tell you that Trey Gowdy is as much of a persuader as anyone. Routinely, he argues and debates in convincing fashion. Gowdy serves on the House Select Committee and has addressed the 2012 Benghazi attack, oversight, government reform, and also judiciary matters like immigration and border security.